On October 30th, we will officially know the name of the winner of the 67th Ballon d’Or France Football. Less than two weeks away from the revelation of the successor to Karim Benzema, Sport magazine claims to have the name of the winner of the most coveted individual trophy in football. And according to the Spanish daily, without a doubt in their eyes, the grand winner will be Lionel Messi (36 years old).
If the prediction of the Catalan newspaper proves to be accurate, it will be the first time the award is given to a player who does not play in Europe. Despite a chaotic season at PSG, the player who signed with Inter Miami in the MLS a few months ago could win his 8th Ballon d’Or, an absolute record in the history of the trophy, mainly obtained thanks to a World Cup victory against France.
This news undoubtedly comes as a blow to Erling Haaland, who has won everything with Manchester City, and even to Kylian Mbappé, the top scorer in the last World Cup in 2022, who scored a hat-trick in the final against… Lionel Messi’s Argentina. In the women’s category, Aitana Bonmatí (25 years old), who plays for Barcelona, will succeed Alexia Putellas after winning the Champions League and the World Cup with Spain.
The Ballon d’Or, established in 1956, is an annual football award presented by France Football magazine. It is considered one of the most prestigious individual awards in the sport, recognizing the best male and female players in the world. The winner is determined by a vote among a panel of international journalists, coaches, and national team captains.
Lionel Messi, widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, has already won the Ballon d’Or seven times throughout his career. He has consistently displayed exceptional skills, agility, and vision on the field, mesmerizing fans and opponents alike. From his early days at FC Barcelona to his recent move to Paris Saint-Germain, Messi has consistently proven himself as a game-changer and a leader.
While Messi’s move to the MLS raised eyebrows in the football world, it seems that his impact and influence on the game have not diminished. Despite facing challenges and criticism, he continues to demonstrate his exceptional talent and ability to make a difference on the pitch. If he does indeed win the Ballon d’Or for the eighth time, it will solidify his status as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport.
However, the Ballon d’Or is not just about individual achievements. It also reflects team success and the impact a player has had on the biggest stages of the game. This year’s contenders, such as Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappé, have had outstanding seasons and have made significant contributions to their respective teams.
Haaland’s success with Manchester City, winning domestic titles and reaching the Champions League final, showcases his incredible goal-scoring ability and potential. Similarly, Mbappé’s performance in the World Cup, leading France to the final and scoring crucial goals, highlights his exceptional speed and skill.
Ultimately, the decision of who should win the Ballon d’Or is subjective and open to debate. Each player brings their unique qualities and achievements to the table, making it a difficult choice for the voters. Regardless of the outcome, the Ballon d’Or ceremony will undoubtedly be a momentous occasion for the football world, celebrating the incredible talent and dedication of these exceptional athletes.
As football fans eagerly await the official announcement of the Ballon d’Or winner, the anticipation and excitement continue to build. Whether Lionel Messi claims his record-breaking eighth title or another deserving player emerges victorious, the award will undoubtedly be a symbol of excellence and an inspiration for aspiring footballers around the globe.