Ballon d’Or 2023 Power Rankings: Lionel Messi – Erling Haaland?
The Ballon d’Or is one of the most prestigious awards in football, and with the 2023 edition approaching, the race for the top spot is heating up. Here are the power rankings for the top five contenders for the 2023 Ballon d’Or:
5. Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid)
Vinicius has been in scintillating form this season, with 20 goals and 15 assists for Real Madrid. Although his team might not win La Liga this season, Vinicius has been one of the standout players in the league and will be a force to reckon with in the Champions League.
4. Victor Osimhen (Napoli)
Napoli’s Victor Osimhen has been on fire this season, scoring 25 goals and providing five assists. His goals have propelled Napoli to the brink of winning Serie A and have also made them one of the favorites for the Champions League. If he can continue his form and help Napoli lift the European trophy, he could make a strong case for the Ballon d’Or.
3. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)
Kylian Mbappe has been nothing short of extraordinary this season, scoring a staggering 40 goals and providing 10 assists. However, his chances of winning the Ballon d’Or might hinge on whether he can help PSG win the Champions League, as a Ligue 1 title alone might not be enough to secure the award.
2. Erling Haaland (Manchester City)
Erling Haaland has been a goal machine this season, scoring 43 goals and providing five assists for Manchester City. If he can help City win the treble this season, he could very well be the frontrunner for the Ballon d’Or.
1. Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain)
Lionel Messi, who has won the Ballon d’Or a record eight times, is still in the mix for the award despite his level dropping since the start of 2023. He has had a successful World Cup campaign and won the Trophee des Champions with PSG. However, his grip on the award is slipping, and he needs to produce some extraordinary performances in the coming weeks to retain his crown.