Pascal Ferre oversees the vote each year and only the winner and the editor are allowed to know the winner in the days leading up to the announcement.
Otherwise, the count is kept secret by Ferri, and on Monday, November 29, the price returns after a year off due to covid.
Messi is one of the favorites, alongside Real Madrid and France forward Karim Benzema, Brazilian Chelsea midfielder Jorginho and Poland international and Bayern forward Robert Lewandowski.
Speaking to Spanish newspaper Marca, Ferré said: “This is the sixth year that I have been responsible for this and so far I have not made any mistakes. I don’t mean to lie, but tell everyone who calls me I can’t say the name because the winners themselves don’t even know it yet. It wouldn’t be fair to know.
“We are very careful. The winner of the Ballon d’Or is a big secret. I don’t think there is a comparable situation in sport. Luka Modric cried like a child when I called him.
Messi, who moved to Paris Saint-Germain this summer from childhood club Barcelona, has six awards at the age of 34. Ronaldo, two years his senior, is five as the 36-year-old no longer has time to realize his ambition.
“Ronaldo has only one ambition and that is to retire with more Ballon d’Ors than Messi and I know that because he told me,” said Ferré.