2023 Ballon d’Or favourites ranked including Messi, Haaland & Mbappe
The 2023 Ballon d’Or favourites have been ranked, including Lionel Messi, Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappe and Vinicius Jr
Aside from a few international games, the 2022/23 season has come to an end.
That means players have done all they can in the race for the 2023 Ballon d’Or.
The winner of this year’s award will be announced on October 30.
With the ceremony now a few months away, we’ve ranked who we believe are the 20 favourites to win the prize.
Ranking the 20 favourites for the 2023 Ballon d’Or
Fernandes’ durability is astounding. He played the most minutes of any player in 2022/23 by some distance, per Transfermarkt. He scored 14 times and recorded 15 assists as United finished third in the Premier League and won the Carabao Cup.
Liverpool may have struggled in 22/23 but Salah was still at the top of his game, scoring 30 goals and providing 16 assists.
18. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)
Saka was tremendous as Arsenal narrowly missed out on the Premier League title. He directly contributed to 26 goals last season (15 goals, 11 assists).
Rashford had his best campaign in front of goal by a considerable margain as he netted 30 times in United’s successful campaign.
Bellingham was arguably England’s standout player at the World Cup and was also superb for Borussia Dortmund as they narrowly missed out on the Bundesliga title. A big money move to Real Madrid beckons.
Silva was one of City’s standout performers in their treble winning side. He was named in the Champions League Team of the Season.
Kane may not have won anything with Tottenham (again), but he still managed 30 Premier League goals. He could be on the move this summer.
Tap-In merchants dont win it. Harry Kane for ballon dor, here we go!pic.twitter.com/qBaPZgLgQN— miles 🐓 (@itzmilxs) June 11, 2023
Martinez featured in Argentina’s World Cup winning side and also starred in Inter’s Coppa Italia triumph and their run to the Champions League final.
The Spaniard netted the winner for City in the Champions League final. He is the best defensive midfielder in world football.
The Nigerian netted 31 times in 39 games for Napoli this season. Many of the world’s biggest clubs are believed to be chasing his signature this summer and it’s no wonder why.
The reigning Ballon d’Or winner didn’t hit the heights he did in 2022 but still enjoyed a successful season. He scored 31 times in all competitions, helping Real Madrid to successes in the Super Cup, Club World Cup and Copa del Rey.
Lewandowski’s 23 goals helped Barcelona to their first La Liga title since 2019.
@iconic.culers si tampan maksimal gol debut Barcelona 🤜🏼🤛🏼 #lewandowski #robertlewandowski #fcbarcelona #barcelona #barcapumas ♬ original sound – Me.Tiarrr🗿 – S.Bachtiar
Kvaratskhelia earned comparisons to the great Diego Maradona with a string of superb displays in 22/23. He was crowned Serie A Most Valuable Player as he helped Napoli to their first title since 1990.
Alvarez won the World Cup, FA Cup, Premier League and Champions League in the 22/23 campaign. Not a bad season at all.
Gundogan doesn’t always get the praise he deserves. The German’s contract with City runs out this summer and it would be a huge blow for Pep Guardiola’s side should they lose him.
Vinicius has emerged into one of the world’s very best players. The Brazilian scored 23 times and recorded 21 assists for Real Madrid last campaign. At 22 years old he will only get better.
Mbappe won the Golden Boot at the 2022 World Cup after netting eight times in France’s campaign, where they were narrowly beaten by Argentina. He also scored 41 times in 43 matches for PSG.
De Bruyne finished third in the 2022 Ballon d’Or standings. We predict he’ll finish there again in 2023.
Haaland enjoyed an extraordinary first season at City. He scored 52 goals as they won a historic treble.
UEFA Şampiyonlar Ligi’nde sezonun golü, Erling Haaland’ın eski takımı Borussia Dortmund’a karşı attığı gol seçildi. pic.twitter.com/gCvKp8NJjG— EPL Günlükleri (@EPL_Gunlukleri) June 11, 2023
It’s a two-horse race to win the 2023 Ballon d’Or and we think Messi will emerge victorious for the eighth time. The legendary footballer put in several superhuman displays as Argentina triumphed at the 2022 World Cup.
Lionel Messi is the greatest player of all time.🐐 pic.twitter.com/WVegwwlDYo— Leo Messi (@Messi_10_30) December 26, 2022