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Ballon d'Or 2023: The Complete Nominees List from Messi to Haaland


Football  •  7 Sept, 2023  •  3,322 Views  •  ⭐ 5.0

Written by Anand Swami


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The world of football eagerly anticipates the Ballon d'Or 2023. As the buzz grows louder, it's time to explore the unparalleled stories and remarkable talents that dominated headlines this past year. This prestigious award, which garners global attention, is on the horizon. As we countdown the days to the ceremony, we celebrate the footballers who've truly stood out.

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Lionel Messi's Redemption Arc

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Lionel Messi, previously honoured seven times with the Ballon d'Or, achieved monumental success this year. After securing a much-desired World Cup for Argentina, his club football journey also saw notable highs. Overcoming challenges at Paris Saint-Germain, his transition to Inter Miami led to triumphs. Messi's achievements include winning the Leagues Cup and steering his team to the U.S. Open Cup final. This year, he's back in the spotlight after a brief 2022 hiatus.

The Meteoric Rise of Erling Haaland

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Erling Haaland’s influence on Manchester City's treble victory remains undeniable. He not only shattered the Premier League's scoring record with an astounding 36 goals but continued to exhibit unparalleled form throughout. Beyond team successes, Haaland received personal accolades, notably the PFA Player of the Year. His tally of 52 goals in 53 appearances cements his position as a top contender for the Ballon d'Or.

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Notable Absences: Ronaldo and Putellas

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The nomination list brought some surprises, with Cristiano Ronaldo, a seasoned winner, missing out after two decades of consistent nominations. Equally startling was the omission of Alexia Putellas, a two-time victor, from the women's nominations. As Ronaldo embarks on a new journey with Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia, Putellas’s absence remains intriguing, especially after contributing to Barcelona's Champions League win.

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