Lionel Messi is the best footballer in the world: results of the 2023 Ballon d’Or

The Argen­tine won the eighth Bal­lon d’Or in his career. Hol­land received a “con­so­la­tion prize.”

The 67th Bal­lon d’Or awards cer­e­mo­ny took place in Paris. 36 year old Lionel Mes­si was a favorite from the start. Last sea­son, the Argen­tine scored 39 goals, won the French Cham­pi­onship with PSG and won the World Cup in Qatar with the Argen­tine nation­al team. Mes­si has already won sev­en Bal­lon d’Or awards: the Argen­tine pre­vi­ous­ly won the award in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019 and 2021. In 2023, anoth­er tro­phy was added to Leo’s shelf. 14 years have passed and Mes­si is still the best play­er.

After receiv­ing the award, Mes­si remem­bered Diego Maradona: “Today is his birth­day. And there is no bet­ter place to remem­ber him. There are so many foot­ball play­ers here, he would love it. Wher­ev­er you are, hap­py birth­day Diego. This is for you too, I share it with you“Leo said from the stage.

Best Forward

In sec­ond place on the list of favorites was the Man­ches­ter City for­ward — a Nor­we­gian Erling Hol­land. The strik­er scored 56 goals and won the Cham­pi­ons League, Cham­pi­onship and FA Cup. Accord­ing to UEFA, Haa­land was rec­og­nized as the best play­er of 2022/23. How­ev­er, the Nor­we­gian received “only a con­so­la­tion prize” in the form of the Gerd Müller Award — it is award­ed to the most pro­duc­tive strik­er of the year.

Best Young Player

Eng­land mid­field­er named 2023 Young Play­er of the Year Jude Belling­ham. The foot­ball play­er is only 20 years old; in a few months he became the lead­ing play­er of Real Madrid.

Best goalkeeper

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The reward is gone Emil­iano Mar­tinez. Large­ly thanks to the save from Kolo-Muani’s strike and penal­ty in the World Cup final. Mar­tinez already has the Gold­en Glove in his arse­nal, and now the Lev Yashin Award. The Sovi­et goal­keep­er remains the only goal­keep­er in his­to­ry who man­aged to win the Gold­en Ball.

Best team

Took the prize “Man­ches­ter city”: The club achieved a Gold­en Hat-Trick by win­ning the Cham­pi­ons League, Pre­mier League and FA Cup in 2023. Guardi­o­la’s team became the first Eng­lish club since 1999 to achieve the tre­ble.

Just a few weeks before the Bal­lon d’Or cer­e­mo­ny, Man­ches­ter City suf­fered their first defeat of the sea­son. The club lost to Arse­nal for the first time in 7 years.

Best player

Argenti­na nation­al foot­ball play­er Lionel Mes­si won the eighth tro­phy in his career. No sur­pris­es: even Messi’s name was voiced from the stage by David Beck­ham, the own­er of Inter Mia­mi, for which Leo now plays. This is prob­a­bly the last Bal­lon d’Or for the 36-year-old. But if not, it will def­i­nite­ly come as a sur­prise.

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Top 10 based on voting results for the title of “Best Player”
1. Lionel Messi;
2. Erling Holland;
3. Kylian Mbappe;
4. Kevin De Bruyne;
5. Rodrigo Hernandez;
6. Vinicius Junior;
7. Julian Alvarez;
8. Victor Osimhen;
9. Bernardo Silva;
10. Luka Modric.
Did Lionel Mes­si deserve the award?
Enough of the Bal­lons d’Or!