Kriralok Desk: The Ballon d’Or is one of the biggest awards in world football. It will be given on October 30. The list of Ballon aspirants has already been published. Where Lionel Messi, Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe got a place.
The Ballon d’Or has been awarded since 1956. For a long time only European footballers have been considered for the Ballon. That’s why football’s black-standard Pele or Argentina’s football god Diego Maradona never saw the face of the ballon. Since 1995, the Ballon has been open to footballers from any country in the world. However, the player who won the Ballon must play in a European club. The ball was awarded jointly with FIFA from 2010-15. However, currently the Ballon is again being given as an individual award.
Messi is on the list of 2023 Ballon hopefuls. Argentina won the World Cup in 2022. Messi scored seven goals in the controversial tournament held in Qatar. Received the Golden Ball for the best player. In addition, he won the French League One and the French Super Cup for PSG. In total, Messi scored 42 goals and 26 assists in the 2022-23 season.
On the other hand, Erling Haaland recently won the UEFA Player of the Year award. He scored 52 goals in 53 matches for Manchester City last season. Won the English Premier League’s best player, best goal scorer and best emerging star titles. Won UEFA Champions League Golden Boot and European Golden Shoe. At the club level, he has won UEFA Champions League, EPL and FA Cup titles. He won the UEFA Super Cup at the beginning of this season.
Mbappe will challenge Messi and Haaland to win the ball. France has reached the World Cup final for the second time in a row. He fought alone in the match against Argentina, falling behind on a controversial penalty goal early on. Did a hat trick. Although had to lose in the tiebreaker. But he scored eight goals and won the Golden Boot of the World Cup. He was the best goal scorer and the best player in the French league. Won League One and French Super Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo is not in the short 30 list of 2023 Ballon. He joined the Saudi Al Nasr club at the beginning of this season. Therefore, France magazine did not consider him. For the first time since 2004, CR-Seven has been left out of the Ballon shortlist. Also, Brazilian superstar Neymar, who has been out of the field since February due to injury, was also not included in the list. But there is Vinicius Junior of Brazil.
List of 30 preliminary nominees for the Ballon d’Or
Victor Osimen, Killian Mbappe, Luca Modrich, Harry Ken, Robert Lewandsky, Antoine Griezmann, Lautaro Martinz, Lionel Messi, Rodri, Martin Odogard, Erling Haland, İlkay Gündoğan, Yassine Bounou, Julian Alvarez, Vinicius Jnr, Karim Benzema, Mohamed Salah, Jamal Musiala, Joško Gvardiol, Andre Onana, Kolo Muani, Jude Bellingham, De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Bucayo Saka, Amy Martinez, Nicolo Barella, Ruben Dias, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, Kim Min-jae.