Top 10 Ballon d’Or contenders in 2023
The season is nearing its end, and the top contenders for the 2023 Ballon d’Or award have emerged.
10 – Julian Alvarez (Man City)
The Argentine forward has had a successful 2022/2023 season. At the international level, Alvarez won the World Cup with his national team in Qatar. He has also impressed with his performances for Man City.
The 23-year-old striker was part of the Man City squad that won the Premier League. Alvarez is also in contention for two other prestigious titles: the FA Cup and the Champions League.
9 – Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona)
At the age of 35, Lewandowski has shown a surprising ability to maintain his peak form. The Polish striker won La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup with Barcelona. Lewandowski has scored 34 goals and provided 9 assists across all competitions. Both Robert Lewandowski and Karim Benzema are top stickers in the La Liga.
8 – Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (Napoli)
Kvaratskhelia is one of the most outstanding wingers in the world at present. The Georgian star has left a strong mark on Napoli’s journey to winning Serie A.
Kvaratskhelia quickly made Napoli fans forget about Lorenzo Insigne. This season, Kvaratskhelia has scored 16 goals and provided 17 assists across all competitions.
7 – Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)
Benzema has had a decline compared to his form a year ago. Nevertheless, the French striker is still considered one of the best number nines in the world. Benzema has scored 17 goals and provided 3 assists in La Liga.
Injuries and physical fitness issues have contributed to Benzema falling behind other competitors. However, he still managed to win a Copa del Rey, a UEFA Super Cup, and a FIFA Club World Cup.
6 – Victor Osimhen (Napoli)
Similar to Kvaratskhelia, Osimhen had an outstanding performance as Napoli won Serie A. The Nigerian forward was sought after by many top European clubs in the transfer market. Osimhen has scored 28 goals and provided 5 assists across all competitions.
5 – Kevin de Bruyne (Man City)
De Bruyne is one of the top candidates for the 2023 Ballon d’Or award. The Belgian midfielder plays a central role in Man City’s style of play. He is also one of the best midfielders in the world.
De Bruyne has made a significant impact on Man City’s journey to winning the Premier League and reaching the FA Cup and Champions League finals. He has scored 10 goals and provided 30 assists across all competitions.
4 – Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid)
Vinicius has experienced rapid development in a Real Madrid shirt. This season, the Brazilian forward has been explosive with 24 goals and 25 assists. In terms of titles, Vinicius has won the Copa del Rey, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup.
3 – Kylian Mbappe (PSG)
The French forward is considered one of the best strikers in the world at the moment. Mbappe has scored 26 goals and provided 4 assists in Ligue 1. He was also a member of the French national team that finished as runners-up in the 2022 World Cup.
2 – Erling Haaland (Man City)
Haaland is a strong candidate for the 2023 Ballon d’Or award. The Norwegian forward has showcased his prolific goal-scoring ability in a Man City shirt. Haaland has contributed significantly to his team’s journey to winning the Premier League.
The former Borussia Dortmund star has scored 53 goals and provided 8 assists across all competitions. Haaland is aiming for a historic treble this season as he will participate in both the FA Cup and Champions League finals. He is also one of the most expensive football players in the world 2023.
1 – Lionel Messi (PSG)
Messi couldn’t help PSG go deep in the Champions League. However, he achieved glory with the Argentina national team by winning the 2022 World Cup. Messi has scored 37 goals and provided 25 assists across all competitions. SimilarSports believes Messi is the number one candidate for the 2023 Ballon d’Or award.
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