May 19, 2024

After much anticipation, Lionel Messi and Aitana Bonmati have been officially declared the 2023 Ballon d’Or winners. On Monday night, the Barcelona and Spain midfielder won the women’s title, while the Argentina and Inter Miami star brought home the men’s prize from Paris.
Messi’s play in Qatar helped his individual results a lot, even if he was outscored by Erling Haaland in the previous season. Many people had even expected that he would win the award.

Lionel Messi now has 8 Ballon d’Or’s from the year 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019, 2021, and now 2023.

Lionel Messi, 2023 Ballon d’Or winner
Messi’s expression as He’s named the winner of the 2023 Ballon d’Or
Messi’s short speech after taking the award

Here are the top 5 highest Ballon d’Or winners:

  • Lionel Messi: 8
  • Cristiano Ronaldo: 5
  • Michel Platini: 3
  • Johan Cruyff: 3
  • Marco van Basten: 3

Aitana Bonmati won the 2023 Ballon d’Or, making her the official best female football player in the world. The midfielder for Barcelona had an incredible year, winning the Women’s World Cup with her country. She scored 19 goals in 37 games for her club team, earning the Golden Ball award as the best player in the competition.

Bonmati was instrumental in helping her team, Barcelona, win the Women’s Champions League after rallying from a 2-0 deficit in the championship match.

Aitana Bonmati, 2023 Ballon d’Or winner

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