Ballon d’Or 2023 nominees Finalists revealed: Will Messi or Haaland win?


France Football announces its 30-player shortlist for the men’s Ballon d’Or on Wednesday.

Seven-time winner Lionel Messi is favored to take home another trophy after finishing his career in World Cup glory with Argentina in Qatar 2022. Messi last won in 2021 and is the all-time leader, with his seven Ballon d’Ors ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, who won five times.

Erling Haaland is Messi’s main rival, scoring 52 goals in all competitions in his first season at Manchester City, while Pep Guardiola’s side trebled that.

While making it to the final 30 is no small feat, there are only a small handful of players who have a real case to pick up the big prize.

Lionel Messi has returned to the Ballon d’Or nominees as four Argentine players have been nominated.

Messi is back in the list of names nominated for the Ballon d’Or after being left out last year. The record seven-time winner is one of the favorites to win the trophy.

Argentina have four names in total with Lautaro Martínez, Julián Álvarez, and Emiliano Martínez also being included.

Here is the full list of 30 finalists.

2023 Ballon d’Or Finalists
Player Current Club National Team
Julian Alvarez Man City Argentina
Nicolo Barella Inter Milan Italy
Jude Bellingham Real Madrid England
Karim Benzema Al-Ittihad France
Yassine Bounou Al-Hilal Morocco
Kevin De Bruyne Man City Belgium
Ruben Dias Man City Portugal
Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid France
Ilkay Gündoğan Barcelona Germany
Josko Gvardiol Man City Croatia
Erling Haaland Man City Norway
Harry Kane Bayern Munich England
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia Napoli Georgia
Robert Lewandowski Barcelona Poland
Emiliano Martinez Aston Villa Argentina
Lautaro Martinez Inter Milan Argentina
Kylian Mbappé PSG France
Lionel Messi Inter Miami Argentina
Kim Min-Jae Bayern Munich South Korea
Luka Modric Real Madrid Croatia
Randal Kolo Muani PSG France
Jamal Musiala Bayern Munich Germany
Martin Ødegaard Arsenal Norway
Andre Onana Man United Cameroon
Victor Osimhen Napoli Nigeria
Rodri Man City Spain
Bukayo Saka Arsenal England
Mohamed Salah Liverpool Egypt
Bernardo Silva Man City Portugal
Vinicius Jr. Real Madrid Brazil

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