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COUNTDOWN! Dates confirmed for Ballon d’Or 2023 nominations and award ceremony

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COUNTDOWN! Dates confirmed for Ballon d’Or 2023 nominations and award ceremony

France Football has confirmed that the nominees for the 2023 Ballon d’Or will be announced on September 6.

The award ceremony is scheduled for October 16, where some of the biggest names in football are expected to compete for the prestigious honor.

The official list of 30 players vying for the prize will be unveiled on September 6.

Lionel Messi, the Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) forward and Argentine star, is considered the favorite for the award. The 35-year-old had a remarkable year, winning the 2022 FIFA World Cup with Argentina and the Ligue 1 title with PSG.

He displayed outstanding performances, scoring seven goals and providing three assists in eight World Cup appearances.

Messi also excelled at PSG, contributing 21 goals and 20 assists in 41 games across various competitions.

Erling Haaland, Manchester City’s prolific striker, is also expected to be a strong contender.

The 22-year-old Norwegian has been in sensational form, scoring 52 goals in 52 games across competitions.

He played a crucial role in City’s triumphs in the Premier League and FA Cup.

Haaland’s teammate Kevin De Bruyne has also impressed, registering ten goals and 31 assists in 48 games.

Other notable players in the running for the Ballon d’Or:

Vinicius Junior from Real Madrid (23 goals and 21 assists in 55 games), Kylian Mbappe from PSG (41 goals in 43 games), and Victor Osimhen from Napoli (31 goals in 39 games).

Karim Benzema is the reigning holder of the award after winning it last year.

It’s worth noting that despite his illustrious career and record seven wins, Messi did not receive a nomination last year.

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