The matches played at the start of the season have already impacted the general classification of favorites for the Ballon d’Or 2023, which has undergone some modifications. Discover the updated list of contenders for the coronation.
Who to succeed Karim Benzema? Winner of the 2022 Ballon d’Or, the Al Ittihad striker in Saudi Arabia has lost his footing in the ranking of favorites for the ultimate reward. Blame it on a mixed 2022-2023 season and his withdrawal from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar due to injury.
Now the Bookmakers are looking to a legendary figure to fill the vacated throne: Lionel Messi. The Argentine star, already seven times winner of the Ballon d’Or (an unmatched record), holds a considerable lead over its competitors. His recent consecration as champion of the 2022 World Cup with the Argentine national team adds a new feather to his already well-stocked hat. Only the unflappable football cyborg, Erling Haaland, whose phenomenal season with Manchester City has dazzled spectators, seems to be able to match the Barcelona maestro. All eyes are now set on these two titans, as the battle for the Ballon d’Or reaches its climax.
However, some usual protagonists are not present in this elitist ranking. Sadio Mané, who had won second place in the previous edition, is conspicuous by his absence among the ten finalists. The injuries that led to the Senegal Lions star withdrawing from the World Cup, combined with a failed venture at Bayern, have relegated him to the background. Meanwhile, Mohamed Salah, ranked eighth in this list of favorites, remains the only African representative. The spotlight remains on these iconic figures as the race for the Ballon d’Or continues to captivate football fans around the world.
The favorites for the Ballon d’Or 2023 (Bookmakers):
3– De Bruyne
5- Vinicius Jr