Ronaldinho is expected to be named European Footballer of the Year later today.

The 25-year-old Brazilian is favourite to win the prestigious Ballon D’Or, having already won the 2004 Fifa World Player of the Year and the FIFpro award.

If he wins, Ronaldinho would become the third Barcelona-based Brazilian to win the award, after Ronaldo in 1997 and Rivaldo in 1999.

The award, celebrating its 50th anniversary, is voted for by European football journalists selected by French magazine France Football.

Milan and Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko won the prize last year.