Who will win the World Cup Ballon dor 2023, Messi or Mbappe? After winning his first World Cup in his final World Cup appearance and winning the tournament’s most valuable player award, Lionel Messi is the overwhelming favourite to win his eighth Ballon d’Or.
For a record-breaking eighth time, the Argentinian is favored by Betfair at 5/6.
Over the course of seven games, the 35-year-old scored seven goals and provided three assists to lead Argentina to its first World Cup victory since 1986.
With 12 goals and 14 assists in 19 games, Messi is also having a remarkable season. Having spent his entire professional career with Barcelona, Messi is currently in his second season at PSG.
With PSG currently leading Ligue 1 by five points and still in both domestic and international tournaments, Messi is likely to continue adding championship trophies to his collection before the season is over.
Which player will win the Ballon d’Or in 2023? Messi, Mbappe, or Neymar?
The most likely candidate for the Ballon d’Or award is Lionel Messi.
In history, no other footballer has received the honor more than five times, except the legendary Barcelona player.
In 2023, Messi may continue to add to his record haul.
Messi has assumed the lead in the race for the 2022 Ballon d’Or following Argentina’s historic triumph over France in the World Cup final.
At the tournament in Qatar, the 35-year-old scored seven goals, including two in the actual championship game.
Messi received the Golden Ball for his valiant efforts on the world stage before hoisting the Jules Rimet trophy at Lusail Stadium.
In other words, unless the Argentine fails to score or assist even one goal for Paris Saint-Germain for the remainder of 2022–23, which is highly unlikely, a spot on the Ballon dor 2023 podium is awaiting him once again.
As a result of last Sunday’s World Cup final, which many have dubbed the best ever, Goal has listed and ranked 20 players they think stand a chance of taking home the trophy, which is currently held by Karim Benzema of Real Madrid.
The top 10 players who could win the Ballon dor 2023
10. Khvicha Kvaratskheli (Napoli & Georgia)
9. Mohamed Salah(Liverpool & Egypt)
8. Julian Alvarez (Manchester City & Argentina)
7. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City & Belgium)
6. Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid & Brazil)
5. Lewandowski, Robert (Barcelona & Poland)
4. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain & Brazil)
3. Erling Haaland (Manchester City & Norway)
2. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain & France)
- Luis Messi (Paris Saint-Germain & Argentina)
The winner of the 2022 World Cup final between Kylian Mbappe’s France and Lionel Messi’s Argentina will determine the 2023 Ballon d’Or on Sunday.
Although it may still be early in the year for such a significant individual award to be determined, it would take an incredible performance to prevent a key Qatar 2022 player from winning the award due to the structure of Ballon d’Or voting.
One of the contestants must prevail since the final features two of football’s biggest talents, both of whom gave excellent performances.
The front-runners for the Golden Boot heading into the championship game are Messi and Mbappe. Both players have five goals, but the Argentine has a little advantage since he has one more assist. They have also been the two best players in the competition, with Messi being the favourite to take home the Golden Ball.
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