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Nesbitt snap-happy for Messi and Ronaldo at Ballon d'Or

By Colin O'Carroll

Published 12/01/2016

James Nesbitt grabs a selfie with USA midfielder Carli Lloyd and Cristiano Ronaldo at the ceremony
James Nesbitt grabs a selfie with USA midfielder Carli Lloyd and Cristiano Ronaldo at the ceremony
James Nesbitt grabs a selfie with Lionel Messi
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 11: Presenter James Nesbitt (L) takes a photo with (L-R) Carli Lloyd of the USA and Houston Dash, Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Real Madrid and Celia Sasic of Germany during the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015 at the Kongresshaus on January 11, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)
FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (R) delivers a speech flanked by FIFA interim president Issa Hayatou (L) after receiving the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORINOLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images
FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (R) embraces FC Barcelona and Brazils forward Neymar after receiving the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINIFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (R) embraces FC Barcelona and Brazils forward Neymar after receiving the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINIFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (R) shakes hands with FIFA interim president Issa Hayatou after receiving the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORINOLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images
FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi waves with his trophy after receiving the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016.FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (R) shakes hands with Real Madrid and Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo after receiving the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORINOLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images
Brazil and Orlando City midfielder Kaka applauds FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (L) after he received the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORINOLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images

Actor James Nesbitt has cheekily managed to get around a ban on asking for autographs at the Ballon d'Or World Footballer of the Year awards by taking a series of selfies with players like Cristiano Ronaldo and winner Lionel Messi.

The football fanatic was asked to host the ceremony held in Zurich yesterday and jumped at the chance.

FIFA announced in December that the Coleraine actor would co-host the event with Sky Sports News presenter Kate Abdo.

The Manchester United and Northern Ireland supporter admitted he was surprised to be asked to compere the show.

He said: "I keep thinking I'm going to go out there and they'll say 'Oh no, we didn't mean you!'.

"But I am a huge fan and this is an opportunity for the best footballers of the world to be gathered together, to celebrate them and the purity of football, which is why so many of us are enthralled by it."

Nesbitt proved his football fanaticism credentials by taking selfies with several big-name players - circumventing the autographs ban.

However, he did come in for some stick from viewers over his hairline.

He carried a fuller 'do' just a week after sporting much shorter locks for an appearance on the Graham Norton show.

Social media users were quick to comment on the new look, with one posting: "James Nesbitt should have won for worst special effects for his hair."

FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi holds his trophy after receiving the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINIFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi holds his trophy after receiving the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINIFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 11: Presenter James Nesbitt (L) takes a photo with (L-R) Carli Lloyd of the USA and Houston Dash, Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Real Madrid and Celia Sasic of Germany during the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015 at the Kongresshaus on January 11, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)
FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (R) delivers a speech flanked by FIFA interim president Issa Hayatou (L) after receiving the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORINOLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images
FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (R) embraces FC Barcelona and Brazils forward Neymar after receiving the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINIFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (R) embraces FC Barcelona and Brazils forward Neymar after receiving the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINIFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (R) shakes hands with FIFA interim president Issa Hayatou after receiving the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORINOLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images
FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi waves with his trophy after receiving the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016.FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (R) shakes hands with Real Madrid and Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo after receiving the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORINOLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images
Brazil and Orlando City midfielder Kaka applauds FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (L) after he received the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORINOLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images
FC Barcelona and Brazils forward Neymar (C) speaks next to Northern Irish actor and host James Nesbitt (L) and British presenter and host Kate Abdo (R) during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORINOLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images
USA and Houston Dashs midfielder Carli Lloyd speaks after receiving the 2015 FIFA Womens World Player of the Year award during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORINOLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images
FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi holds his trophy after receiving the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORINOLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images
FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi looks at his trophy after receiving the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORINOLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images
FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (C) delivers a speech flanked by FIFA interim president Issa Hayatou (L) and Brazil and Orlando City midfielder Kaka after receiving the 2015 FIFA Ballon dOr award for player of the year during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINIFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
Northern Irish actor and host James Nesbitt and British presenter and host Kate Abdo (R) presente the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINIFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
Real Madrid and Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo signs autographs on the red carpet as he arrives for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL BUHOLZERMICHAEL BUHOLZER/AFP/Getty Images
Lionel Messis wife Argentinian model Antonella Roccuzo arrives on the red carpet for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL BUHOLZERMICHAEL BUHOLZER/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo poses with fans on the red carpet as he arrives for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL BUHOLZERMICHAEL BUHOLZER/AFP/Getty Images
(From L) FC Barcelona and Brazils forward Neymar, Japan and Okayama Yunogo's Belle midfielder Aya Miyama and FC Barcelona and Argentina's forward Lionel Messi attend the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORINOLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images
FC Barcelona and Brazils forward Neymar (R) hugs Cameroon and Antalyaspor forward Samuel Eto'o (L) after being selected in the 2015 FIFA FIFPro World XI during the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINIFABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images
FIFA interim president Issa Hayatou poses on the red carpet as he arrives for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL BUHOLZERMICHAEL BUHOLZER/AFP/Getty Images
Portugal and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo takes a selfie with fans on the red carpet as he arrives for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL BUHOLZERMICHAEL BUHOLZER/AFP/Getty Images
Argentina and FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi signs autographs on the red carpet as he arrives for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL BUHOLZERMICHAEL BUHOLZER/AFP/Getty Images
FC Barcelona and Brazils forward Neymar poses on the red carpet as he arrives for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 11, 2016. AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL BUHOLZERMICHAEL BUHOLZER/AFP/Getty Images
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 11: FIFA Ballon d'Or nominee Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Real Madrid arrives for the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015 at the Kongresshaus on January 11, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 11: Lionel Messi of Argentina and FC Barcelona and his partner Antonella Roccuzzo attend the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015 at the Kongresshaus on January 11, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 11: FIFA Ballon d'Or nominee Neymar Jr of Brazil and FC Barcelona arrives for the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015 at the Kongresshaus on January 11, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 11: Alessandro Florenzi of Italy and AS Roma arrives with a guest for the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015 at the Kongresshaus on January 11, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 11: FIFA Ballon d'Or nominee Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Real Madrid arrives for the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015 at the Kongresshaus on January 11, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 11: Lothar Mattaeus and Anastasia Klimko attend the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015 at the Kongresshaus on January 11, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 11: The nominees for the major awards pose for a "selfie" with host James Nesbitt on the stage during the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015 at the Kongresshaus on January 11, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 11: The FIFA FIFPro World XI assembles on stage during the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015 at the Kongresshaus on January 11, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 11: Croatian cello duo "2Cellos" perform during the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015 at the Kongresshaus on January 11, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Another tweeter said: "James Nesbitt, one can only assume he is wearing the hair for a laugh. Dear men who go bald, just shave it off."

Nesbitt has previously spoken openly of his fear that baldness would affect his career.

Messi took the Ballon d'Or for a record fifth time.

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