Digimagaz.com – The Ballon d’Or 2023 is shaping up to be one of the most keenly contested in recent years, with leading footballers around the globe joining last year’s winner, Karim Benzema, in the race for the prestigious award.
In a year unique for hosting the World Cup in its midst, the Ballon d’Or is slated to consider performances at the global event in its assessment criteria. With the full list of Ballon d’Or 2023 Power Rankings revealed, it’s evident that the competition among the world’s top-level players is fierce.
Changing Game Dynamics
Unlike previous years, the France Football-organized award will adopt a point ranking system for determining the winner. This new system will integrate the players’ World Cup performances from last summer into the final tally. Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé, Robert Lewandowski, and many others have thrown their hat into the ring, adding to the suspense.
Top Contenders in the Spotlight
Lionel Messi stands out as a strong contender with 37 goals and 24 assists, coupled with Argentina’s World Cup win and the Trophée des Champions under his belt. However, his recent suspension from PSG and a dip in form might affect his chances.
Erling Haaland has also been making headlines with an impressive 52 goals and 8 assists, aiding Manchester City in their title win. His performance is considered a game-changer, putting him at a different level in the competition.
Mbappé, with 48 goals and 13 assists, has garnered significant attention in recent weeks, especially due to his role in Paris Saint-Germain’s Ligue 1 campaign. He’s considered another top contender for the trophy.
Surprises in the Rankings
Vinicius Junior, the Real Madrid star with 23 goals and 25 assists, and Karim Benzema, with 29 goals and six assists, follow the top three in the power rankings. Both have displayed remarkable form and have Copa del Rey Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup wins to their credit.
Victor Ousmane and Khivcha Kvartskhelia have surprised many by making it to the sixth and seventh spots in the rankings, respectively. Ousmane has won the series title with 28 goals and 5 assists, and Kvartskhelia has secured Serie A with 16 goals and 17 assists.
As the Ballon d’Or 2023 draws closer, debates over fitness, form, and the role of the World Cup performances in the new point ranking system are heating up. With such an extraordinary line-up, the footballing world eagerly awaits the moment when the coveted trophy will be lifted in Paris later this year.
Ballon d’Or 2023 Power Rankings Top 10
- Lionel Messi
- Erling Haaland
- Kylian Mbappé
- Vinicius Junior
- Karim Benzema
- Victor Ousmane
- Khivcha Kvartskhelia
- Kevin de Bruyne
- Marcus Rashford
- Robert Lewandowski