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2023 Ballon D’or: Who Can Stop Messi From Winning An Eighth Trophy by Ashleyokeneye(f): 3:32pm On Oct 19, 2023
Lionel Messi is a record seven-time winner of the Ballon d'Or trophy for the world's best footballer but former Real Madrid and France striker Karim Benzema has hold of the Golden Ball. Will Messi wrestle it back or will one of Manchester City's Treble winners cause a shock at a ceremony? England's Jude Bellingham also aims to make history by taking home silverware. We're also looking at the latest odds. Lionel Andrés Messi, also known as Leo Messi, is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for and captains both Major League Soccer Club Inter Miami and the Argentina national team.

Lionel Messi is the runaway favourite to claim his eighth Ballon d’Or when the trophy for the world’s best footballer is awarded for 2023. The 36-year-old led Argentina to World Cup glory in December for the first time since 1986. The Ballon d’Or 2023 ceremony will be held at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris on Monday, October 30. Thirty players feature on the shortlist, but is it really worth any of them turning up with Messi thought to have nailed on to pick up the Golden Ball once more?

Surely Messi’s closest rival for the trophy is Erling Haaland - and the bookies seem to think so too, with the Manchester City striker second-favourite to land the Ballon d’Or. The Norwegian forward was lethal in 2022/23, scoring 52 goals in 53 games in all competitions, as Pep Guardiola’s side swept up Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup trophies. Erling Haaland has already been added to his personal trophy collection after winning UEFA’s Player of the year award.

Bagging the sixth Ballon d’Or nomination of his career came on the back of Mbappe scoring 54 goals in 56 matches for club and country last season. Despite seemingly permanent confusion surrounding his future at Paris Saint-Germain, Mbappe won the Ligue 1 title and finished top scorer in France’s top division. A hat-trick in the final of the World Cup earned Mbappe the tournament’s Golden Boot, pipping Messi to the award with eight goals and two assists in Qatar. But, of course, it was Messi who lifted the main prize.

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Re: 2023 Ballon D’or: Who Can Stop Messi From Winning An Eighth Trophy by ernesco0816517(m): 3:49pm On Oct 19, 2023
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Re: 2023 Ballon D’or: Who Can Stop Messi From Winning An Eighth Trophy by chiomaugo: 4:10pm On Oct 19, 2023
ernesco0816517:
Only Messi can stop Messi from winning it.

Dey play, do not forget Haaland is there
Re: 2023 Ballon D’or: Who Can Stop Messi From Winning An Eighth Trophy by Chukwuebukaf: 4:43pm On Oct 19, 2023
chiomaugo:


Dey play, do not forget Haaland is there

Messi is winning it and you should learn about both of them very well before comparing Messi - Haaland

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Re: 2023 Ballon D’or: Who Can Stop Messi From Winning An Eighth Trophy by phr0nesis(m): 4:56pm On Oct 19, 2023
Chukwuebukaf:


Messi is winning it and you should learn about both of them very well before comparing Messi - Haaland
Haaland had an amazing season, while Messi had a wonderful 6 world cup matches, and boom! Messi is World best. I really don't understand this award

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Re: 2023 Ballon D’or: Who Can Stop Messi From Winning An Eighth Trophy by ernesco0816517(m): 5:00pm On Oct 19, 2023
chiomaugo:


Dey play, do not forget Haaland is there

He's there to complete the list.
Re: 2023 Ballon D’or: Who Can Stop Messi From Winning An Eighth Trophy by maxwell530(m): 10:09pm On Oct 19, 2023
phr0nesis:

Haaland had an amazing season, while Messi had a wonderful 6 world cup matches, and boom! Messi is World best. I really don't understand this award
it's the award for best player not Best goalscorer. Haaland best came in European competitions and he has won European best player, there's no way he's going to beat Messi to world best player when he couldn't take his country to the world cup. Mbappe is even more worthy of the 2nd spot.

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Re: 2023 Ballon D’or: Who Can Stop Messi From Winning An Eighth Trophy by Faithchuks: 10:05am On Oct 20, 2023
[quote author=maxwell530 post=126505188] it's the award for best player not Best goalscorer. Haaland best came in European competitions and he has won European best player, there's no way he's going to beat Messi to world best player when he couldn't take his country to the world cup. Mbappe is even more worthy of the 2nd spot.

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My friends are saying Ronaldo should have been nominated
Re: 2023 Ballon D’or: Who Can Stop Messi From Winning An Eighth Trophy by BolaAhmed202: 10:49am On Oct 20, 2023
Ashleyokeneye:

Lionel Messi is a record seven-time winner of the Ballon d'Or trophy for the world's best footballer but former Real Madrid and France striker Karim Benzema has hold of the Golden Ball. Will Messi wrestle it back or will one of Manchester City's Treble winners cause a shock at a ceremony? England's Jude Bellingham also aims to make history by taking home silverware. We're also looking at the latest odds. Lionel Andrés Messi, also known as Leo Messi, is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for and captains both Major League Soccer Club Inter Miami and the Argentina national team.

Lionel Messi is the runaway favourite to claim his eighth Ballon d’Or when the trophy for the world’s best footballer is awarded for 2023. The 36-year-old led Argentina to World Cup glory in December for the first time since 1986. The Ballon d’Or 2023 ceremony will be held at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris on Monday, October 30. Thirty players feature on the shortlist, but is it really worth any of them turning up with Messi thought to have nailed on to pick up the Golden Ball once more?

Surely Messi’s closest rival for the trophy is Erling Haaland - and the bookies seem to think so too, with the Manchester City striker second-favourite to land the Ballon d’Or. The Norwegian forward was lethal in 2022/23, scoring 52 goals in 53 games in all competitions, as Pep Guardiola’s side swept up Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup trophies. Erling Haaland has already been added to his personal trophy collection after winning UEFA’s Player of the year award.

Bagging the sixth Ballon d’Or nomination of his career came on the back of Mbappe scoring 54 goals in 56 matches for club and country last season. Despite seemingly permanent confusion surrounding his future at Paris Saint-Germain, Mbappe won the Ligue 1 title and finished top scorer in France’s top division. A hat-trick in the final of the World Cup earned Mbappe the tournament’s Golden Boot, pipping Messi to the award with eight goals and two assists in Qatar. But, of course, it was Messi who lifted the main prize.

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Re: 2023 Ballon D’or: Who Can Stop Messi From Winning An Eighth Trophy by Peterpaul666: 11:30am On Oct 20, 2023
BolaAhmed202:


Jassim bin Hamad Al-Thani sent a letter to the Glazers. He explains that for him, they “never wanted to sell Manchester United and used him to increase the valuation of the club” with the aim of only selling minority shares at a high price. He now has other projects.

I am a Manchester United fan and know very well that Man-U will not sell the club to Arabia

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Re: 2023 Ballon D’or: Who Can Stop Messi From Winning An Eighth Trophy by Peterpaul666: 12:58pm On Oct 20, 2023
Peterpaul666:


I am a Manchester United fan and know very well that Man-U will not sell the club to Arabia

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Pep Guardiola shared his thoughts on Erling Haaland or Lionel Messi for the Ballon d'Or 🏆

🗣️ “I always said that the Ballon d'Or had to be two sections. One for Messi and one for the others”.

“Haaland should win yes or yes. We won the treble, he scored a million goals. I’d love Erling to win. But Messi… Leo won the World Cup!”.

Who should win the award? 🤔

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Re: 2023 Ballon D’or: Who Can Stop Messi From Winning An Eighth Trophy by samsondave: 9:39am On Oct 23, 2023
chiomaugo:


Pep Guardiola shared his thoughts on Erling Haaland or Lionel Messi for the Ballon d'Or 🏆

🗣️ “I always said that the Ballon d'Or had to be two sections. One for Messi and one for the others”.

“Haaland should win yes or yes. We won the treble, he scored a million goals. I’d love Erling to win. But Messi… Leo won the World Cup!”.

Who should win the award? 🤔

Guardiola shared his thoughts on Erling Haaland and Lionel Messi for the Ballon d'Or 🏆
Re: 2023 Ballon D’or: Who Can Stop Messi From Winning An Eighth Trophy by bathanthony: 10:22am On Oct 23, 2023
samsondave:


Guardiola shared his thoughts on Erling Haaland and Lionel Messi for the Ballon d'Or 🏆

🗣️ Kaká: "The no.10 position has already been completely lost... with the defenses so advanced, there is hardly any space left in the center of the field."

"I don't know where I would play in this more physical football? Maybe a little more to the left or box-to-box."

"I played for Milan as a midfielder for many years, something that has evolved with the appearance of box-to-box midfielders."

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Re: 2023 Ballon D’or: Who Can Stop Messi From Winning An Eighth Trophy by chimamandaafam0: 1:41pm On Oct 23, 2023
bathanthony:


🗣️ Kaká: "The no.10 position has already been completely lost... with the defenses so advanced, there is hardly any space left in the center of the field."

"I don't know where I would play in this more physical football? Maybe a little more to the left or box-to-box."

"I played for Milan as a midfielder for many years, something that has evolved with the appearance of box-to-box midfielders."

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Re: 2023 Ballon D’or: Who Can Stop Messi From Winning An Eighth Trophy by Adegbe67: 8:44am On Oct 24, 2023
chimamandaafam0:


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Re: 2023 Ballon D’or: Who Can Stop Messi From Winning An Eighth Trophy by NUSALUCKY: 3:29pm On Oct 24, 2023
Ashleyokeneye:

Lionel Messi is a record seven-time winner of the Ballon d'Or trophy for the world's best footballer but former Real Madrid and France striker Karim Benzema has hold of the Golden Ball. Will Messi wrestle it back or will one of Manchester City's Treble winners cause a shock at a ceremony? England's Jude Bellingham also aims to make history by taking home silverware. We're also looking at the latest odds. Lionel Andrés Messi, also known as Leo Messi, is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for and captains both Major League Soccer Club Inter Miami and the Argentina national team.

Lionel Messi is the runaway favourite to claim his eighth Ballon d’Or when the trophy for the world’s best footballer is awarded for 2023. The 36-year-old led Argentina to World Cup glory in December for the first time since 1986. The Ballon d’Or 2023 ceremony will be held at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris on Monday, October 30. Thirty players feature on the shortlist, but is it really worth any of them turning up with Messi thought to have nailed on to pick up the Golden Ball once more?

Surely Messi’s closest rival for the trophy is Erling Haaland - and the bookies seem to think so too, with the Manchester City striker second-favourite to land the Ballon d’Or. The Norwegian forward was lethal in 2022/23, scoring 52 goals in 53 games in all competitions, as Pep Guardiola’s side swept up Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup trophies. Erling Haaland has already been added to his personal trophy collection after winning UEFA’s Player of the year award.

Bagging the sixth Ballon d’Or nomination of his career came on the back of Mbappe scoring 54 goals in 56 matches for club and country last season. Despite seemingly permanent confusion surrounding his future at Paris Saint-Germain, Mbappe won the Ligue 1 title and finished top scorer in France’s top division. A hat-trick in the final of the World Cup earned Mbappe the tournament’s Golden Boot, pipping Messi to the award with eight goals and two assists in Qatar. But, of course, it was Messi who lifted the main prize.

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Re: 2023 Ballon D’or: Who Can Stop Messi From Winning An Eighth Trophy by mayor1814: 9:05am On Oct 26, 2023
phr0nesis:

Haaland had an amazing season, while Messi had a wonderful 6 world cup matches, and boom! Messi is World best. I really don't understand this award


I can confidently tell u that without KDB, Gundogan and Rodri, man city and Haaland will never achieve all that. Haaland is just a good goal scorer. If he's that good all round, why did he struggle in UCL final match. He played 8 finals and semi finals, had 0 goals 0 assists.
Re: 2023 Ballon D’or: Who Can Stop Messi From Winning An Eighth Trophy by Hilarygeorge: 11:49am On Oct 26, 2023
mayor1814:



I can confidently tell u that without KDB, Gundogan and Rodri, man city and Haaland will never achieve all that. Haaland is just a good goal scorer. If he's that good all round, why did he struggle in UCL final match. He played 8 finals and semi finals, had 0 goals 0 assists.

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Re: 2023 Ballon D’or: Who Can Stop Messi From Winning An Eighth Trophy by bamidelehassan: 2:37pm On Oct 27, 2023
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