Messi has won a record-extending eighth award. The Inter Miami and Argentina striker, who played for Paris Saint-Germain last season, captained Argentina to the World Cup in Qatar last December, ending a 36-year wait for the South American country. Messi, 36, has won the award three times more than anyone else.
Messi – who had previously won the award in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019 and 2021 – now has three more Ballon d’Or titles than any other player in soccer history.
Those journalists were asked to base their decision on the players’ performances and achievements between August 1 in 2022 and July 31 in 2023.
Haaland scored 55 goals in 55 games for Manchester City and Norway between those dates, firing his club to glory in the Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League.
But Messi’s trump card was his stunning form at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar – a tournament for which Haaland’s Norway did not qualify.
Messi scored seven goals and provided three assists at Qatar 2022 en route to leading Argentina to a first World Cup title since 1978.
It was a big night for Man City, with the club also picking up the best team award, while Haaland claimed the Gerd Müller Trophy for the best striker, after his stunning 52-goal season, helping City win the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League.
Napoli Star Victor Osimhen, who scored a whopping 31 goals in 39 games for the Serie A outfit, placed eighth in the rankings, one spot ahead of Bernardo Silva.
Real Madrid’s Luka Modric claimed the 10th spot in the rankings, with Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah finishing 11th, narrowly missing out on the top-ten despite enjoying a stand-out 2022-23 season for Liverpool, scoring 30 goals in 51 games.
Several big names from the Premier League were also named in the top-30 players, with Arsenal duo Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard placing at 24th and 28th in the standings respectively, while Manchester United’s Andre Onana, following on from his excellent performance against Man City on Sunday ranked 23rd.
Jude Bellingham, who masterminded Real Madrid’s 2-1 El Clasico win on Saturday, his first appearance in the derby, placed 18th in the standings, while also claiming the Kopa trophy for the best young player.
He also beat Bayern Munich’s Harry Kane, who finished 19th in the standings, despite scoring 32 goals last season.