- Famous faces around the world have been ushering in the New Year
- Man United boss Louis van Gaal visited Wing's Chinese restaurant
- Cristiano Ronaldo was out for dinner wearing a cream-coloured suit
- Mario Balotelli promised his fans fireworks before the night was out
- German stars Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski were heading out
- As was Man United defender Chris Smalling and Spurs striker Harry Kane
- Frank Lampard and his family posed in masks at a New Year's party
- Andre Schurrle announced his engagement to partner Montana Yorke
Louis van Gaal paid a visit to his favourite restaurant to ring in what he hopes will be a New Year of improved fortunes for Manchester United - while former Old Trafford hero Cristiano Ronaldo also celebrated in style.
The Dutch manager, wearing a sharp blue blazer and clutching a bottle-shaped present, arrived early at the Wing's Chinese restaurant in Manchester city centre with wife Truus.
Van Gaal looked to be in good spirits, heartened no doubt by United's positive performance in Monday's 0-0 draw with Chelsea which kept him in a job.
Cristiano Ronaldo posted this picture in the build-up to his New Year's celebrations
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal visited Wing's Chinese Restaurant in the city for New Year
Van Gaal, sporting a sharp blue blazer, is greeted as he arrives at the Wing's restaurant, one of his favourites
United will attempt to end a sequence of nine matches without victory in all competitions when they host struggling Swansea City on Saturday afternoon.
The United boss was one of many sporting personalities celebrating the arrival of 2016.
Ex-United and Real Madrid star Ronaldo looked dapper in a cream suit as he dined ahead of New Year's celebrations.
His soppy Instagram message read: 'The only gift in life is love. Always choose love! Happy New Year to you all from yours truly.'
On-loan Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli made an intriguing pledge to 'make a nice video with fireworks' for his fans before the end of 2015.
In an Instagram clip filmed while the Italian was stuck in traffic, Balotelli also urged his followers to be careful with pyrotechnics and also expressed his desire for the year to be over as quickly as possible.
Back in 2011, Balotelli caused £400,000 worth of damage to a mansion in Manchester he was renting when one of his friends set off fireworks in the bathroom.
Barcelona star Neymar was out with a group of friends to celebrate the end of the year
In the video, he said: 'Tonight, I will make you a nice video with fireworks. I'm just stuck in traffic but, yeah, be careful with fireworks and I will wish you the best New Year's ever, because this year has been shhh - you know what.'
Balotelli will be forgiven for wanting to see the back of a year in which he failed to make an impression at Liverpool and then suffered a groin injury just a month into a loan spell at Milan.
Elsewhere, Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane - who will look back on 2015 with great fondness after his goalscoring exploits - posted a snap from soggy London with girlfriend Kate Goodland.
Another in-form player, Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, wished his Instagram followers a Happy New year with a picture of him wearing sunglasses while driving along.
He said: 'Thanx for all your support in 2015, I wish you health and only the best for 2016! May your dreams come true.'
Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane was out and about with girlfriend Kate Goodland on New Year's
Arsenal star Mesut Ozil wished all his supporters all the best for a successful 2016 on Instagram
Mario Gotze's girlfriend Ann-Kathrin Brommel posted this picture of the pair ready to head out
Bayern forward Robert Lewandowski posted this picture on Instagram with wife Anna
The German forward Lukas Podolski sported some New year's headgear
Missi Beqiri, wife of Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard, said an exciting 2016 was in prospect
The German will hope he can realise a dream of his own and guide Arsenal, the Premier League's joint-leaders, to their first title in 12 years come May.
Ozil's Germany team-mate Mario Gotze was dressed up smartly and ready for his New Year's celebrations, posing with his girlfriend Ann-Kathrin Brommel.
Gotze's Bayern Munich colleague Robert Lewandowski, who also found some excellent form in 2015, was also heading out, posing for a picture with wife Anna.
Another German star, Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, also wished fans all the best.
He wrote on his Instagram page: 'I would like to wish everybody a good and healthy start into the new year. Thanks again for the amazing support over the last months! Now, it's time to enjoy the evening.'
Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger wished his followers a happy and healthy 2016
Manchester United defender Chris Smalling and girlfriend Sam Cooke were wearing matching green velvet
Real Madrid's James Rodriguez was suited and booted ahead of his New Year's Eve party
Kevin de Bruyne and his girlfriend Michele Lacroix posed for a picture in matching nightwear
Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta and his wife Anna looked to be enjoying a quiet New Year's at home
His team-mate Chris Smalling was heading out with girlfriend Sam Cooke, with the couple wearing matching green velvet outfits.
She wrote: 'NYE with me love. The matching green velvet was an accident but we're rolling with it.'
Frank Lampard and his family posed in masks at a New Year's party. The former Chelsea midfielder wrote: 'Happy New Year to everyone from the Lampards! Our best wishes for health and happiness in 2016! #happynewyear #party'.
While Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey put together a montage of photographs to celebrate the best moments of his 2015, team-mate Theo Walcott shared a selfie with wife Melanie.
It looked like a lively New Year's in Bacary Sagna's household, meanwhile, with wife Ludivine playing the piano.
It was a double celebration for the Wolfsburg and Germany star Andre Schurrle, who became engaged to his girlfriend Montana Yorke.
The former Chelsea man posted a picture of a sparkling diamond engagement ring and the words 'She said YES'
Frank Lampard and his family were wearing masks at their New Year's celebrations
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey looked back at a successful 2015 with a photo montage
Arsenal star Theo Walcott posted a selfie with his wife Melanie as they headed out for New Year
Bacary Sagna's wife, Ludivine, plays a New Year's tune on the piano in this Twitter snap
Andre Schurrle took to Instagram to announce his engagement to girlfriend Montana Yorke
The happy couple later posted a photograph together with the engagement ring on prominent display
Liverpool player Emre Can wished his followers a Happy New Year with a picture of himself in a lift
The boxer David Haye also recorded a message to his fans in the gym stood in front of gold balloons spelling out 2016.
Haye, who makes his return to the ring against Australian Mark De Mori at the O2 on January 16, said: 'Happy New Year to all my fans!!
David Haye was in the gym on New Year's Eve as he prepares for his comeback fight on January 16
Boxer Anthony Joshua also took to social media to mark the close of 2015 and the arrival of 2016
Manny Pacquiao and his family posed for a New Year's photograph
UFC champion Conor McGregor was smartly dressed in a tuxedo and Burberry scarf as he headed out
Chris Froome, the Tour de France winner awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours, posted this cartoon
British tennis star Andy Murray rang in 2016 in Perth, Australia by watching the fireworks display
New Zealand Rugby World Cup hero Dan Carter posted this reflective photograph for New Year
Tennis star Agnieszka Radwanska celebrated the New Year in Thailand
'May you all have a happy and healthy 2016. Look forward to seeing you all at the O2 for #HayeDay'
Tour de France champion Chris Froome has further cause to reflect on 2015 with fondness after being made an OBE in the Honours List.
Underneath a cartoon likeness, he wrote: 'What a way to finish off what has been an amazing 2015. Thank you for all the kind messages & for the support throughout the year! #NewYearsHonours #OBE'
Manchester United's young Brazilian star Andreas Pereira did likewise as he marked the end of the year
Manchester United's Jesse Lingard also reflected on a successful year with a montage of pictures
Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic also used a photo collage to mark the best moments of his 2015
Former Manchester United winger Nani was dressed in a tuxedo as he celebrated the New Year