2023 Ballon d’Or Nominees Announced: In a thrilling revelation, the 2023 Ballon d’Or nominees have been unveiled, setting the stage for a spectacular showdown in the world of football. This coveted award, which honors the finest talent from across the globe, promises to be a closely contested affair this year. One name that shines brighter than ever is Lionel Messi, who emerges as a frontrunner, aiming for his eighth Ballon d’Or victory.

2023 Ballon d'Or Nominees Announced

The Shortlist Unveiled

Let’s dive straight into the star-studded shortlist of nominees for the 2023 Ballon d’Or:

Josko Gvardiol ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท

Josko-Gvardiol

Jamal Musiala ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช

Jamal-Musiala

Andre Onana ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฒ

Andre Onana

Karim Benzema ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

Karim-Benzema

Mo Salah ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ

Mo Salah

Bukayo Saka ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ

Bukayo Saka

Kevin De Bruyne ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช

Kevin De Bruyne

Jude Bellingham ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ

Jude Bellingham

Randal Kolo Muani ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

Randal Kolo Muani

Bernardo Silva ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น

Bernardo Silva

Khvicha Kvaratskhelia ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช

Nicolo Barella ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

Nicolo Barella

Emi Martรญnez ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท

Emi Martรญnez

Ruben Dias ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น

Ruben Dias

Erling Haaland ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด

Erling Haaland

Martin Odegaard ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด

Martin Odegaard

Ilkay Gรผndogan ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช

Ilkay Gรผndogan

Yassine Bounou ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

Yassine Bounou

Julian Alvarez ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท

Julian Alvarez

Vinicius Jr ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท

Vinicius Jr

Robert Lewandowski ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ

Robert Lewandowski

Antoine Griezmann ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

Antoine Griezmann

Lautaro Martรญnez ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท

Lautaro Martรญnez

Lionel Messi ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท

Lionel Messi

Rodri ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ

Rodri

Kim Min-jae ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท

Kim Min-jae

Luka Modric ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท

Luka Modric

Kylian Mbappรฉ ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

Kylian Mbappรฉ

Victor Osimhen ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ

Victor Osimhen

Harry Kane ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ

Harry Kane

Messi’s Triumphant Return

In the eyes of many experts and devoted football enthusiasts, Lionel Messi stands at the forefront to clinch his eighth Ballon d’Or, marking an extraordinary comeback after a surprising omission last year.

His feats in 2023, including securing the Ligue 1 title with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and leading Argentina to FIFA World Cup glory, place him as a formidable contender for the prestigious award.

Messi’s Fierce Competitor

Yet, the road to Ballon d’Or glory is no cakewalk. Lionel Messi faces formidable competition, notably from Erling Haaland, the Norwegian sensation who made a remarkable debut season with Manchester City. Haaland’s stunning performances have captured the attention of fans and pundits alike, with six of his City teammates also earning their place on the Ballon d’Or shortlist.

Messi Favored to Win Eighth Title
Messi Favored to Win Eighth Title

Ronaldo’s Absence

In a surprising turn of events, the football world witnessed the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, a five-time Ballon d’Or laureate, from the shortlist. This marks the first time since 2005 that Ronaldo’s name is not among the nominees. The Portuguese icon spent the entire calendar year with Saudi side Al-Nassr after departing from European football in December.

Beyond the Ballon d’Or

The Ballon d’Or is not the only accolade up for grabs this year. The nominees for the Women’s Ballon d’Or, the Yachine Trophy (best goalkeeper), and the Kopa Trophy (best U21 player) have also been unveiled, adding to the excitement of the football world. Jude Bellingham, Rasmus Hojlund, and Jamal Musiala are among the promising talents vying for the Kopa Trophy.

The Awaited Revelation

As the anticipation continues to build, the global football community eagerly awaits the final announcement, where the best player of 2023 will be crowned. Lionel Messi’s return to the spotlight has injected a fresh wave of excitement into this year’s Ballon d’Or, and fans worldwide will be glued to their screens, hoping to witness another historic triumph.

In the world of football, the Ballon d’Or remains the pinnacle of individual achievement, a stage where greatness is celebrated. The 2023 edition promises drama, suspense, and unforgettable moments. As Lionel Messi, Erling Haaland, and others vie for glory, we await the revelation of the player who will etch their name in the annals of football history.


FAQs: 2023 Ballon d’Or Nominees Announced

What is the Ballon d’Or?

The Ballon d’Or is an annual football award presented by France Football magazine. It is considered one of the most prestigious individual awards in the sport, given to the best male footballer in the world.

How many times has Lionel Messi won the Ballon d’Or?

Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or seven times, making him one of the most decorated players in the award’s history.

Why was Cristiano Ronaldo not nominated for the 2023 Ballon d’Or?

Cristiano Ronaldo was not nominated for the 2023 Ballon d’Or due to his move to Saudi side Al-Nassr, which took him out of European football for the entire year.

Who are the contenders for the Women’s Ballon d’Or?

The nominees for the Women’s Ballon d’Or are announced separately. Check France Football magazine’s official announcements for the list of nominees.

When will the winners be announced?

The 2023 Ballon d’Or ceremony will be held on October 30 at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris. The winner will be announced at the ceremony. The ceremony is expected to start at 15:00 US time, but that is subject to change.
The Ballon d’Or award takes into account performances across a season (August-July) and not a calendar year (January-December).

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