Lionel Messi is the weighty favourite to earn a report-extending eighth Ballon d’Or trophy tonight.
Messi is established to beat Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland to the award, mainly thanks to his heroics in primary Argentina to Environment Cup glory.
The Inter Miami star scored twice and then yet again in the shootout as La Albiceleste conquer France on penalties in Qatar subsequent a 3-3 thriller.
And ironically the former Paris Saint-Germain ahead will be returning to the French funds to stake his assert to gain the best specific award in soccer for the to start with time because 2021.
The annual award, which has been presented by French news magazine France Football due to the fact 1956, is a spotlight in the sporting calendar.
Ballon d’Or 2023: Day and how to comply with
The ceremony for the 2023 awards will get location on Monday, Oct 30.
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The 67th once-a-year ceremony will after once again be held at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris.
The ceremony will commence at 7:45pm and conclude at 9:30pm.
Chelsea legend Didier Drogba will existing reside coverage, which is set to be offered to enjoy for totally free on the L’Equipe YouTube channel.
A host of other awards will also be dished out, mainly staying the Ballon d’Or Feminin which crowns the best female footballer in the entire world.
The Kopa Trophy, which honours the very best U21 player, and the Yashin Trophy, aka the very best goalkeeper, are also up for grabs.
New awards incorporate the Socrates Award, the Gerd Muller Trophy and a Club of the Year award will be presented as properly.
Ballon d’Or 2023 nominees
Andre Onana (Manchester United, Ajax)
Josko Gvardiol (Manchester Metropolis, RB Leipzig)
Karim Benzema (Al Ittihad, Authentic Madrid)
Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich)
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Jude Bellingham (Actual Madrid, Borussia Dortmund)
Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)
Randal Kolo Muani (Eintracht Frankfurt, Paris Saint-Germain)
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester Metropolis)
Bernardo Silva (Manchester Town)
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (Napoli)
Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan)
Emi Martinez (Aston Villa)
Ruben Dias (Manchester City)
Erling Haaland (Manchester City)
Martin Odegaard (Arsenal)
Ilkay Gundogan (Barcelona, Manchester Town)
Vinicius Jr (Actual Madrid)
Julian Alvarez (Manchester City)
Yassine Bounou (Al Hilal, Sevilla)
Lionel Messi (Inter Miami, Paris Saint-Germain)
Rodri (Manchester Metropolis)
Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan)
Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)
Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona)
Kim Min-jae (Bayern Munich, Napoli)
Luka Modric (Actual Madrid)
Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)
Victor Osimhen (Napoli)
Harry Kane (Bayern Munich, Tottenham)
Ballon d’Or 2023: What has been reported?
Norwegian Haaland opened up on his Ballon d’Or probabilities final month off the again of Guy City’s treble-successful triumph.
He instructed France Soccer: “I know I can even now improve a great deal I’m however young. But sure, I consider I have a probability this 12 months.”
Mbappe also thinks he can acquire his inaugural Ballon d’Or.
He said: “It can be complicated to converse about an person trophy mainly because you have to put oneself ahead and it is really not perfectly seen by the standard community.
“What are the new conditions? Is it to shine and make an affect? I believe I fit the criteria. We’ll see.
“It truly is the people today who vote but I am even now optimistic.”
In the meantime, Gentleman Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola believes equally Haaland and Messi should have to acquire the award.
“I constantly stated that the Ballon d’Or had to be two sections: one for Messi and 1 for the many others,” Guardiola joked.
“But of course, Messi, if you tell me the worst year of Messi it is the finest for the relaxation of them. Each should have it.
“Egotistically I would say I want Erling for the reason that he assisted us to accomplish what we reached. I would enjoy it but I would not explain to you it is unfair if Leo wins.
“It’s good that lots of gamers for Guy Town will be there for the initially time in a lot of many years and tough for these trophies. That tends to make us so proud for our organisation.”
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