Ballon d’Or 2023: Lionel Messi has once again made history by securing his record-breaking eighth Ballon d’Or award, a feat that places him three awards ahead of his long-time rival, Cristiano Ronaldo. The award presentation took place at a ceremony in Paris on October 30, 2023.
In the 2022-23 season, Messi displayed extraordinary individual prowess, leading Argentina to victory in the World Cup and propelling Paris Saint-Germain to the Ligue 1 title. His latest Ballon d’Or triumph serves as a fitting conclusion to a remarkable season, solidifying his status as the greatest footballer of all time. His eight Ballon d’Or awards stand as a testament to his incredible achievements.
This victory also marks the conclusion of an era of dominance by Messi and Ronaldo, who have collectively claimed the Ballon d’Or award 13 times in the last 15 years.
The identity of the players who will succeed Messi and Ronaldo as the world’s best remains uncertain, but there are several exciting young talents emerging on the scene. Names like Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappe, Jude Bellingham, and Pedri are all potential future Ballon d’Or winners.
Additionally, the 2023 Ballon d’Or recognized the following individuals and teams:
Jude Bellingham was honored with the Kopa Trophy as the best young player.
Emiliano Martinez received the award for best men’s goalkeeper.
Vinicius Jr was presented with the Socrates award.
Barcelona claimed the women’s club award, while Manchester City earned the men’s club award.
Erling Haaland was awarded the Gerd Muller Trophy for the best goal scorer.