Ballon d’or in the hands of Messi!. This year’s Ballon d’Or will be held this month. The player of the season award will be handed over there. Lionel Messi, who led Argentina to the title at the World Cup in Qatar, is on the shortlist for the Ballon d’Or. In addition to Messi, the highest seven-time winner, there is France’s Kylian Mbappe and Manchester City’s treble-winning Arling Holland.
The Ballon d’Or will be handed out at a grand ceremony at the Chalé Theater in Paris on October 30. France Football gives this award to the best player of each season. This year’s award will be given to the best player of the last season. As it is the World Cup season, most people think that the World Cup title will play a big role in this year’s award.
Even though the announcement of the award is still a few days away, many speculations are going on. Due to that, the name of this year’s Ballon d’Or winner has been leaked. Spanish media outlet Dario Sport has revealed the name of the Ballon d’Or winner. The media claims that Argentine superstar Lionel Messi is going to win the Ballon d’Or for the 2022-23 season. He left Argentina behind after 36 years of winning the World Cup in Qatar.
Messi will break his own record if he wins the Ballon d’Or. The Argentinian has won the Ballon d’Or the most seven times in history. His arch-rival Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has won the second most five times.
However, there is no official confirmation of this claim by the Spanish media yet. France Football has not said anything about it. However, Messi is expected to appear with his national team mates at the Ballon d’Or gala on the 30th.
Messi was the biggest contributor to Argentina winning the World Cup in Qatar. After starting with a loss against Saudi Arabia, Messi scored the maximum seven goals until the final. He also assisted in three goals. Only Kylian Mbappe of France scored more goals in this tournament. The French star of PSG scored eight goals including a hat-trick in the final. However, the team could not win the title. France lost to Argentina in the tiebreaker in the final. However, he is also in contention to win the Ballon d’Or due to individual performance.
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Arling Holland is also with Messi-Mbappe in the Ballon d’Or battle. This Norwegian striker has made a big contribution to Manchester City winning the treble title.