Golden Ball 2023: Messi wins the “8th wonder”, setting an unprecedented record

Lionel Messi defeated Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland to win the Golden Ball title for the eighth time in his career.

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Messi won the 2023 Golden Ball, thereby expanding the record of winning this prestigious award to 8. Man City’s Erling Haaland ranked second in the voting, third place belonged to Messi’s former teammate, Kylian Mbappe (PSG).

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According to Squawka, Messi has now won the Golden Ball more times than any other country in the world in the history of this prestigious award. At 36 years and 4 months, Messi also became the second oldest player to ever win the Golden Ball, surpassing last year’s winner Karim Benzema. The oldest record holder to win the Golden Ball is Stanley Matthews at the age of 41 in 1956.

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Even before this year’s Golden Ball ceremony, no player had won this prestigious award more times than Messi. The Argentine superstar won the Golden Ball for the first time in 2009 and then he was honored again in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019 and 2021. Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Golden Ball 5 times, while Michel Platini, Johan Cruyff and Marco Van Basten were all honored three times.

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Aitana Bonmati won the 2023 Women’s Golden Ball. The 25-year-old female player contributed greatly to helping the Barca women’s team win the Liga F and Champions League last season and played an important role in helping the Spanish women’s team win the 2023 World Cup this season. summer.

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Erling Haaland won the Gerd Muller Trophy 2023, the title of best striker of the year. The 23-year-old player scored 56 goals for Man City and the Norwegian team last season, exactly 1 goal more than Kylian Mbappe.

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Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez won the 2023 Yashin Trophy as the best goalkeeper of the year after a brilliant performance at the 2022 World Cup with Argentina. Martinez became the fourth person to win this prestigious award after Liverpool’s Alisson Becker, PSG’s Gianluigi Donnarumma and Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois.

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Jude Bellingham won the 2023 Kopa Trophy, best young player of the year. The England midfielder beat Jamal Musiala, Pedri, Eduardo Camavinga, Xavi Simons, Alejandro Balde, Antonio Silva, Rasmus Hojlund and Eleye Wahi to win the award.

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Real Madrid’s Vinicius wins the 2023 Socrates Award for community contributions. The Brazilian winger was honored for fighting against racism and establishing a fund to build schools in poor areas and invest in education in his homeland. Vinicius is also the only Brazilian player to reach the top 10 of this year’s Golden Ball rankings after scoring 23 goals in all competitions for Real Madrid last season.

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