The award ceremony for the biggest individual prize, the Ballon d’Or, will be held on October 30 in Paris and Lionel Messi is seen as the absolute favorite to win it, the eighth of his career.
Although he no longer plays football at the highest level after leaving for Mayor League Soccer (MLS), Messi will win the Ballon d’Or for 2023, according to world media referring to a post published by his family friend Alessandro Dossetti .
“It is official. Leo wins the Ballon d’Or in 2023. The eighth Ballon d’Or should be his last. He was told today”, wrote Dossetti.
If his claim turns out to be true, the Argentine will extend his record further ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won five.
Set the World Cup
Messi is said to win this award thanks to the triumph in the world championship last December in Qatar, where he also won the title of the best player with seven goals and three assists.
For PSG, in 41 appearances, he participated in the same number of goals, scoring 21 and assisting another 20. For Inter Miami, he scored 11 goals and added five assists in 13 games.
His biggest competitor for the award is Erling Haaland, who was even more lethal for Manchester City with 52 goals and nine assists in 53 games, winning the Premier League and Champions League top scorer titles.
After them comes Kylian Mbappe, who has also scored many goals and led PSG to domestic trophies, while he was also irresistible in the World Cup with France, where he was only defeated in the final by Messi.