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Ballon d’Or 2023: Lionel Messi on top of the World again!

In an exciting edition of the ceremony, Argentina captain and Inter Miami striker Lionel Messi has been handed the Ballon d’Or 2023 award, the eighth in his career!

Following a lengthy ceremony where all the 30 Ballon d’Or 2023 nominees were named, Argentine’s legendary striker Lionel Messi was awarded his record eighth Ballon d’Or trophy.

Lionel Messi was up against strong contenders like Erling Haaland, who helped Manchester City win the Treble with his 50+ goals, and Kylian Mbappe, who helped France reach their second consecutive World Cup final and won the Golden Boot of the competition.

Other big winners of the night were Aitana Bonmati for the Women’s Ballon d’Or 2023, Erling Haaland for the Gerd Muller Trophy, Jude Bellingham for the Kopa Trophy and Emiliano Martinez for the Lev Yachine Trophy.

Messi Is Infinity!

The Inter Miami forward was one of the top contenders for the award presented by France Football. He triumphed over rivals such as Erling Haaland, Kevin De Bruyne, and Kylian Mbappe to reclaim the title of the best player in world football.

Messi’s most notable achievement during the 2022/23 season, which was the relevant timeframe for the award, was leading Argentina to victory in the World Cup in Qatar in late 2022. This triumph put an end to La Albiceleste’s 36-year-long wait for their third global championship.

The former Barcelona star scored in every round from the group stage to the final, where Argentina won the trophy on penalties against France at Lusail Iconic Stadium, despite a stunning hat-trick from his then PSG teammate Mbappe.

Following the expiration of his two-year contract with PSG in June, he made the move to Major League Soccer with Inter Miami, guiding them to their first major silverware, the Leagues Cup.

This year’s victory adds to Messi’s previous Ballon d’Or wins in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019, and 2021. He now holds a three-golden-ball lead over his long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who was not among the finalists this year.

How does the Ballon d’Or voting work?

The Ballon d’Or is organized and presented by France Football magazine. One hundred journalists from FIFA’s top 100 member nations participate in the voting process. They select five players from the 30-player shortlist and rank them from 1 to 5, with the votes allocated in descending order. The player who receives the most votes is awarded the top prize.

In the 2022 Ballon d’Or, Karim Benzema of Real Madrid won the award by the second largest margin in its history, surpassing Sadio Mane by 356 votes. The only other time a player won by a larger margin was Cristiano Ronaldo in 2016, when he defeated Lionel Messi by 429 votes. This format allows for a fair and competitive selection process involving journalists from diverse nations.

The players on each jury member’s list were awarded points as follows:

  • First: Six points
  • Second: Four points
  • Third: Three points
  • Fourth: Two points
  • Fifth: One point

Ballon d’Or Nominees

Here are the list of all the nominees for Ballon d’Or 2023:

Among the 30 nominees, the Premier League players have the biggest cuts with 12 players, including:

  • André Onana – Manchester United & Cameroon
  • Mohamed Salah – Liverpool & Egypt
  • Bukayo Saka – Arsenal & England
  • Martin Odegaard – Arsenal & Norway
  • Emiliano Martínez – Aston Villa & Argentina
  • Josko Gvardiol – Manchester City & Croatia
  • Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City & Belgium
  • Bernardo Silva – Manchester City & Portugal
  • Erling Haaland – Manchester City & Norway
  • Julián Álvarez – Manchester City & Argentina
  • Ruben Dias – Manchester City & Portugal
  • Rodri – Manchester City & Spain

Women’s Ballon d’Or 2023 nominees

Spain and Barcelona midfielder Aitana Bonmati has been named the 2023 Ballon d’Or Feminin winner, surpassing several prominent Lionesses stars to secure this prestigious accolade.

Bonmati had a remarkable 2022/23 season, clinching both the Liga F and the Champions League titles with Barcelona. She also played a crucial role in Spain’s World Cup campaign in Australia and New Zealand during the summer.

This is the 25-year-old’s first Ballon d’Or award, following in the footsteps of her club and international teammate, Alexia Putellas, who claimed the honor consecutively in 2021 and 2022. Bonmati was also honored as UEFA’s Women’s Player of the Year in August.

  • Alba Redondo (Levante Union Deportiva)
  • Kadidiatou Diani (Lyon)
  • Rachel Daly (Aston Villa)
  • Linda Caicedo (Real Madrid)
  • Fridolina Rolfo (Barcelona)
  • Olga Carmona (Real Madrid)
  • Amanda Ilestedt (Arsenal)
  • Hayley Raso (Real Madrid)
  • Georgia Stanway (Bayern Munich)
  • Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns)
  • Hinata Miyazawa (Manchester United)
  • Salma Paralluelo (Barcelona)
  • Lena Oberdorf (Wolfsburg)
  • Millie Bright (Chelsea)
  • Daphne van Domselaar (Aston Villa)
  • Sam Kerr (Chelsea)
  • Patricia Guijarro (Barcelona)
  • Ewa Pajor (Wolfsburg)
  • Debinha (Kansas City)
  • Guro Reiten (Chelsea)
  • Yui Hasegawa (Manchester City)
  • Aitana Bonmati (Barcelona)
  • Jill Roord (Manchester City)
  • Alexandria Popp (Wolfsburg)
  • Katie McCabe (Arsenal)
  • Mary Earps (Manchester United)
  • Wendie Renard (Lyon)
  • Mapi Leon (Barcelona)
  • Asisat Oshoala (Barcelona)
  • Khadija Shaw (Manchester City)

Read More: Aitana Bonmatí Biography

Kopa Trophy 2023 nominees

The results are in and Real Madrid’s Jude Bellingham has beat out the rest of the wonderkids to the prestigious Kopa Trophy in 2023.

  • Rasmus Hojlund (Manchester United)
  • Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich)
  • Alejandro Balde (Barcelona)
  • Pedri (Barcelona)
  • Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid) (Winner)
  • Antonio Silva (Benfica)
  • Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid)
  • Xavi Simons (RB Leipzig)
  • Gavi (Barcelona)
  • Elye Wahi (Lens)

Gerd Muller Trophy 2023

Gerd Muller Trophy Haaland

During the Ballon d’Or ceremony, Erling Haaland received the 2023 Gerd Muller Trophy in recognition of his exceptional debut season with Manchester City.

In the 2022/23 season, the Norwegian striker impressively scored 36 goals in the Premier League, contributing to his team’s victory in the top flight, as well as their triumphs in the Champions League and FA Cup. In total, he concluded the season with 52 goals across all competitions.

The award had previously been presented to Robert Lewandowski in both 2021 and 2022 when it was known as the Striker of the Year award, and it encompasses goals scored for national teams as well.

Yachine Trophy 2023 nominees

Emiliano Martinez was honored with the 2023 Yashin Trophy at the Ballon d’Or ceremony for his outstanding performance with Argentina during the 2022 World Cup.

As the goalkeeper for Aston Villa, he played a crucial role for La Albiceleste in Qatar late last year. His memorable save against Randal Kolo Muani in the final was pivotal to their eventual penalty shootout victory at Lusail Iconic Stadium.

  • Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa)
  • Mike Maignan (AC Milan)
  • Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid)
  • Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)
  • Yasssine Bounou (Al Hilal)
  • Andre Onana (Manchester United)
  • Dominik Livakovic (Fenerbahce)
  • Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (Barcelona)
  • Ederson (Manchester City)
  • Brice Samba (Lens)

Who would win the big prize?!

As it stands, Lionel Messi and Aitana Bonmati are set to take home the big prizes. But the Ballon d’Or 2023 may have some surprises in its sleeves. Stay tuned to Footbalium to find out what happens!

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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  1. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says France Football should award two Ballon d’or 2023 as both Lionel Messi and Erling Haaland deserve to win the award

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