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Lionel Messi May Win His 8th Ballon D’or In The 2023 Ballon D’or Awards

Lionel Messi May Win His 8th Ballon D'or In The 2023 Ballon D'or Awards

Argentina star Lionel Messi is well on his way to winning his eighth Ballon D’or after he was nominated in the 20-man list, alongside Erling Haaland. 

Karim Benzema and Alexia Putellas were the winners last year, but in 2023, the likes of Lionel Messi, Erling Haaland, and Aitana Bonmati are among the favorites. 

The nominees for the 2023 Ballon d’Or awards include 30 male and 20 female players shortlisted. 

There will also be a 10-man list of nominees for the Yashin and Kopa trophies, awarded to the best goalkeeper and best Under-21 player respectively.

For the first time in almost 20 years, Christiano Ronaldo did not make the shortlist for the prestigious award. 

Lionel Messi has won the main award a record seven times and is again a strong favorite to take the trophy this year. Ronaldo has won the award five times. 

Messi was named player of the tournament in Qatar after leading his team to the World Cup trophy and scoring seven goals including two in the final against France.

Manchester City midfielders Kevin De Bruyne and Rodri, are expected to feature, as well as the likes of Real Madrid winger Vinicius Junior and PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe, who won the Golden Ball at the World Cup.

Alexia Putellas of Barcelona has won the Ballon d’Or Feminin for the last two years and Aitana Bonmati is the favorite to win the 2023 award, after leading her Spanish team to a World Cup victory. 

The likes of Australia and Chelsea striker Sam Kerr, World Cup Silver Boot winner Kadidiatou Diani of Lyon and France, or Wolfsburg and Germany striker Alexandra Popp could also be in contention.

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