It is being claimed that Fifa have inadvertently let slip that Lionel Messi has won the prize, though football's governing body insist it is just a rehash of an old hoax
The news originated from a tweet from Dutch journalist Michael Abbink, who writes for NU Sport, who appeared to have discovered a press release proclaiming Messi as the winner (and Germany's Celia Sasic as the Women's World Player of the Year).
Oei, dit stond zojuist op de website van de FIFA. MESSI GOUDEN BAL-WINNAAR pic.twitter.com/sq1pSheaVB— Michel Abbink (@sportzeloot) January 6, 2016
The "announcement" was first picked up by Voetbal Primeur, who claimed it was a leaked document from European Sports Media (ESM) who regularly organise award ceremonies.
But ESM later removed the image from their website, and released a statement explaining: "Due to a technical problem at transmission, Lionel Messi and Celia Sasic were listed as FIFA Ballon d'Or winners 2015.
Fifa have since confirmed that no leak has occurred, describing the latest claims as rehashes of the article from November, meaning you will have to wait until January 11 to find out who the winner is.
So it was all just one big mix up, though that hasn't stopped fans from having their say...
It might be fake, but let's be honest. Messi will win the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015 without any doubt.. pic.twitter.com/MlBwTFEJJX— infosmessi (@infosmessi) January 6, 2016
Hahaha FIFA already published Messi as the Ballon D'Or winner— Tyler (@TJESticks) January 6, 2016
all hail #messi— $habba (@LordChano) January 6, 2016
FIFA accidentally revealed the Ballon d'Or winners. Lionel Messi and Celia Sasic winners. I'd have said Carli Lloyd tbh, but both are great— Emmett (@Emmett_OD) January 6, 2016
@MirrorFootball It's all falling apart without Sepp Blatter— LFC Dane_89 (@LFCDane_89) January 6, 2016