According to Goal, Lionel Messi and Erling Haaland compete fiercely for this year’s Ballon d’Or.
In the 2022/23 season, Lionel Messi scored 37 goals and had 25 assists in club and national team colors. In Ligue 1, Leo has 16 goals and 16 assists, helping PSG win Ligue 1. “El Pulga”‘s most brilliant achievement is the 2022 World Cup championship. Along with winning the title of Best Player in Qatar , the former Barcelona star is leading this year’s Ballon d’Or race.
Erling Haaland scored 53 goals and 8 assists this season, an impressive achievement in his first season in England playing football. However, the fact that Man City won the treble does not guarantee the Norwegian player victory in the Golden Ball race. This player needs to make a remarkable, even decisive influence in the FA Cup and Champions League finals to hope to surpass Messi.
Kylian Mbappe spent the 2022/23 season standing out personally. He has 52 goals and 13 assists in all competitions. Mbappe exploded in the 2022 World Cup final with a hat-trick and also won the Golden Boot title. However, the French striker still lost to Messi’s Argentina team in the final. Therefore, Mbappe cannot yet compete with Messi and Haaland.
Vinicius Junior is constantly advancing in the Real Madrid shirt. He ended the 2022/23 season with a record of 24 goals and 25 assists , with “Los Blancos” winning the Copa del Rey, FIFA Club World Cup and European Super Cup. Losing in the Champions League to Man City made it difficult for Vinicius to receive many votes.
10 goals and 30 assists are Kevin De Bruyne ‘s personal achievements so far this season. The Belgian midfielder does not have much hope when playing for Man City, who owns a more prominent Haaland. However, he is still the soul that brought “The Citizens” to success this season.
Victor Osimhen scored 28 goals and provided 5 assists , helping Napoli win Serie A for the first time in 33 years. The Nigerian striker has become the most sought-after player in Europe today. The appearance in the list of nominations for the Ballon d’Or, if possible, is considered a success of Osimhen.
Karim Benzema is the reigning Ballon d’Or. However, the same age injury caused the French spearhead to experience an unsatisfactory season. He scored 29 goals and had 6 assists during the whole season. However, Goal predicts Benzema can enter the top 10 best players of this year’s Ballon d’Or race.
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia is the conductor in the Napoli play. This player came to light in his first season with the Italian champion. He contributed 16 goals and 17 assists for the host team. This summer, Kvaratskhelia is likely to move to a larger destination.