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.
JUST IN: Man Utd confirm injury to Aaron Wan-Bissaka
Manchester United has officially announced that Aaron Wan-Bissaka suffered a hamstring injury over the weekend.
In their statement, the club confirmed that:
“Aaron is set for a period on the sidelines after sustaining an injury during Saturday’s game against Brighton.”
Although the club’s statement mentions that the full-back will be sidelined for “several weeks,” The Athletic reports that he might be out for up to two months.
Wan-Bissaka had featured in all five Premier League games this season, and his absence will be felt by the team.
With Wan-Bissaka sidelined, Diogo Dalot is expected to step in as the starting right-back for Manchester United’s upcoming Champions League match against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
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Real Madrid‘s combined squad salary bill is currently €485 million, while La Liga’s wage limit for the club will be €727 million for the next season, according to COPE.
This surplus in the wage limit provides Real Madrid with the opportunity to spend significantly in the upcoming summer transfer window without the need to sell players.
The €242 million difference between the limit and the actual wage spending opens up possibilities for big signings, including players like Alphonso Davies and Kylian Mbappe.
While this surplus doesn’t guarantee that Real Madrid won’t sell any players or that specific targets like Davies and Mbappe will be signed, it does give the club financial flexibility to pursue top talent in the transfer market.
Ultimately, the decision on signings will depend on the club’s priorities and needs for the next season.
Victor Osimhen, Lionel Messi leads nominees list for 2023 Best FIFA Football Award
The nominees for The Best FIFA Men’s Player award include Victor Osimhen, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, and Erling Haaland, among others.
Manchester City dominates the list with six of their players, including Ederson in the goalkeepers’ category.
Pep Guardiola and Ange Postecoglou are among the nominees for the men’s coach award.
In addition to the men’s awards, there are also nominations for women’s awards.
England’s Lionesses, who reached the final of the Women’s World Cup, have several players nominated, including Rachel Daly, Alex Greenwood, Lauren James, Keira Walsh, and Mary Earps.
Sarina Wiegman and Emma Hayes are nominated for the women’s coach award.
The awards will be based on performances from December 19, 2022, to August 2023 for the men’s categories and from August 1, 2022, to August 20, 2023, for the women’s categories.
The winners will be decided by an international jury of coaches, captains, journalists, and fans.
The Best FIFA Men’s Player Nominees
Julián Álvarez (Argentina); Marcelo Brozović (Croatia); Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium); İlkay Gündoğan (Germany); Erling Haaland (Norway); Rodri (Spain); Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (Georgia); Kylian Mbappé (France); Lionel Messi (Argentina); Victor Osimhen (Nigeria); Declan Rice (England); Bernardo Silva (Portugal).
The Best FIFA Women’s Player Nominees
Aitana Bonmatí (Spain); Linda Caicedo (Colombia); Rachel Daly (England); Kadidiatou Diani (France); Caitlin Foord (Australia); Mary Fowler (Australia); Alex Greenwood (England); Jennifer Hermoso (Spain); Lindsey Horan (USA); Amanda Ilestedt (Sweden); Lauren James (England); Sam Kerr (Australia); Mapi León (Spain); Hinata Miyazawa (Japan); Salma Paralluelo (Spain); Keira Walsh (England).
The Best FIFA Women’s Coach Nominees
Peter Gerhardsson (Sweden): Jonatan Giráldez (Spain); Tony Gustavsson (Sweden); Emma Hayes (England); Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands).
The Best FIFA Men’s Coach Nominees
Pep Guardiola (Spain); Simone Inzaghi (Italy); Ange Postecoglou (Australia); Luciano Spalletti (Italy); Xavi (Spain).
The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper Nominees
Mackenzie Arnold (Australia); Ann-Katrin Berger (Germany); Catalina Coll (Spain); Mary Earps (England); Christiane Endler (Chile); Zećira Mušović (Sweden); Sandra Paños García-Villamil (Spain).
The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper Nominees
Yassine Bounou (Morocco); Thibaut Courtois (Belgium); Ederson (Brazil); André Onana (Cameroon); Marc-André ter Stegen (Germany).
The FIFA Fan Award Nominees
Club Atlético Colón de Santa Fe fan (Argentina); Fran Hurndall (England); Miguel Ángel, Millonarios fan (Colombia).
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