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PHOTOS: Music, big names light up Ballon d'or Gala night

By Rediff Sports Desk
January 12, 2016 14:58 IST
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Here are some special moments from the gala night in Zurich on Monday...

British singer Leona Lewis (left) performs during the Ballon d'Or 2015 soccer awards ceremony in Zurich on Monday

IMAGE: British singer Leona Lewis (left) performs during the Ballon d'Or 2015 soccer awards ceremony in Zurich on Monday. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

(Left-Right) Master of Ceremony's British actor James Nesbitt takes a selfie with Houston Dash's Carli Lloyd, Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, FFC Frankfurt's Celia Sasic and FC Barcelona's Neymar

(Left-Right) Master of Ceremony's British actor James Nesbitt takes a selfie with Houston Dash's Carli Lloyd, Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, FFC Frankfurt's Celia Sasic and FC Barcelona's Neymar. Ruben Sprich TPX/Reuters

Croatian cello duo '2Cellos' perform during the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala

IMAGE: Croatian cello duo '2Cellos' perform during the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Lionel Messi and his partner Antonella Roccuzzo arrive at the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala

IMAGE: Lionel Messi and his partner Antonella Roccuzzo arrive at the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

US women's footballer Hope Solo takes a selfie with a fan as she arrives for the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala

IMAGE: US women's footballer Hope Solo takes a selfie with a fan as she arrives for the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala. Photograph: Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images

Germany's Nadine Angerer and her partner Magda (right) arrive for the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala

IMAGE: Germany's Nadine Angerer and her partner Magda (right) arrive for the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Paul Pogba and his mother attend the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala

IMAGE: Juventus' French midfielder Paul Pogba and his mother attend the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Real Madrid's Marcelo Vieira arrives with his family

IMAGE: Real Madrid's Marcelo Vieira arrives with his family. Photograph: Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi is congratulated by teammate Neymar after winning of the Ballon d'or

IMAGE: FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi is congratulated by teammate Neymar after winning of the Ballon d'or. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Lionel Messi poses for a selfie with host James Nesbitt

IMAGE: Winner Lionel Messi poses for a selfie with host James Nesbitt. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images
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