Ballon d’Or 2023; Winner’s name leaked with star footballer set to win the trophy once again beating Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe

Oct 18, 2023

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The Ballon d’Or is one of the most prestigious individual trophies given to the best player of the year. Lionel Messi the World Cup 2022 winner, he is has the most number of Ballon d’Or with seven by his side. According to the rumours, Messi is set to win his eighth Ballon d’Or title later this month after the results got leaked. The current winner of the award is former Real Madrid forward, Karim Benzema. 

The ceremony will be held in will be held in Paris, France, on October 30. He left Paris Saint-Germain, at the end of last season. According to the Spanish outlet reports the results for both the men’s and women’s awards have already been leaked. The report states both Messi and Barcelona midfielder Aitana Bonmati. 

The former FC Barcelona skipper has beaten Manchester City’s Erling Haaland who won the treble with the City. He led the attack for Pep Guardiola’s side. He scored 52 goals across all competitions and Kylian Mbappe led his side in the 2022 World Cup and scored a hat-trick in the final. 

Messi most decorated player of all-time

Lionel Messi is the most decorated football player of all time. The only trophy that was missing from his cabinet was the World Cup, which he won in December 2022. Messi won the Golden Ball in the marquee tournament. Inter Miami star would be the first player based outside of Europe to win the Ballon d’Or. ‘

He last won the award in 2021 after making his country the Copa America champion against arch-rivals Brazil. Messi scored seven goals and made three assists for his team. After losing the first match they made a comeback and defeated France in the final of the 2022 World Cup in the penalty shootout. 

Six members of Spain’s World Cup-winning team are on the 30-player longlist. For the best goalkeeper trophy, Emiliano Martinez, Ederson and La Liga Golden Glove winner Marc Andre Ter Stegen are there in the list. And for the best young players Gavi, Pedri, Jude Bellingham, Jamal Musiala and Rasmus Hojlund, Eduardo Camavinga, Alejandro Balde, and Xavi Simons. 

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