With no club trophies being handed out in December, attention can turn to one of football's most coveted awards.
The Ballon d'Or crowns the best player over the past year and competition is fierce as we approach Thursday's showpiece evening in Paris.
The winner will be crowned at the top of the Eiffel Tower at this year's glitzy ceremony.
Here's what you need to know ahead of the awards...
When is the Ballon d'Or?
The 62nd edition Ballon d'Or will be held in the French capital on Thursday, December 7.
The ceremony kicks-off at 6.45pm GMT, 7.45pm local time.
Former Tottenham and Newcastle winger David Ginola will host the awards ceremony.
Ballon d'Or shortlist
Neymar - Paris Saint-Germain
N'Golo Kante - Chelsea
Luka Modric - Real Madrid
Paulo Dybala - Juventus
Marcelo - Real Madrid
Edin Dzeko - Roma
Harry Kane - Tottenham
David De Gea - Manchester United
Robert Lewandowski - Bayern Munich
Kevin De Bruyne - Manchester City
Karim Benzema - Real Madrid
Pierre-Emerick Aubemyang - Borussia Dortmund
Edinson Cavani - Paris Saint-Germain
Philippe Coutinho - Liverpool
Luis Suarez - Barcelona
Jan Oblak - Atletico Madrid
Sergio Ramos - Real Madrid
Dries Mertens - Napoli
Radamel Falcao - Monaco
Sadio Mane - Liverpool
Gianluigi Buffon - Juventus
Antoine Griezmann - Atletico Madrid
Toni Kroos - Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid
Eden Hazard - Chelsea
Leonardo Bonucci - AC Milan
Isco - Real Madrid
Lionel Messi - Barcelona
Mats Hummels - Bayern Munich
Kylian Mbappe - Paris Saint-Germain
How to follow the Ballon d'Or
As of now, only France daily L'Equipe's dedicated TV channel will be screening the coverage of the event.
Sadly, no UK broadcasters will show the ceremony, however, Standard Sport will bring you LIVE coverage.
Who is in the running for the Ballon D'Or?
Unsurprisingly, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were among the stand-out names on the 30-man shortlist released back in October.
Spain's La Liga accounts for more than a third of the shortlist (11), while seven Premier League players made the cut.
However, old foes Ronaldo and Messi are set to battle it out for the top prize.
Other players in the contention include Harry Kane, Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne.
How is the Ballon d'Or decided?
The award is on behalf of France Football magazine and the prestigious prize is selected by a group of 173 journalists from around the world.
Unfortunately, it's a closed shop to the public so fans will not be able to have their say.
Ronaldo or Messi?
Kaka was the last man other than them to win the prestigious award back in 2007.
But the duo have since dominated the awards, with Barca star Messi winning five compared to the Portuguese forward's four - the Real Madrid man winning it 12 months ago.
Having retained the Champions League and helping Los Blancos win the Spanish top flight, Ronaldo is once again the favourite to claim the crown - especially having already won FIFA's best player award in October too.