How does Lionel Messi outperform Haaland in the Golden Ball race?

France Football Magazine (France) has just announced the number of votes in the 2023 Golden Ball race. In it, Lionel Messi goes far beyond the second ranked Haaland.

Brightness October 31, Messi was honored at the 2023 Golden Ball award organized by France Football magazine. This is the 8th time in the Argentine superstar career to win this noble award.

How does Lionel Messi outperform Haaland in the Golden Ball race? - first

Detailed score of candidates in the 2023 Golden Ball tournament (Image: France Football).

To this day (November 4), France Football magazine has announced the number of votes in this award, of which, Messi outperforms the rest. Specifically, El Pulga received 462 points, far from the second ranked Haaland to 105 points (357 points).

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Meanwhile, the third person is Mbappe get 270 points. Next were De Bruyne (100 points) and Rodri (57 points), Vinicius Jr (49 points), Julian Alvarez (28 points), Victor Osimhen (24 points), Bernardo Silva (20 points) and Luka Modric (19 points).

The results of the 2023 Golden Ball award are based on the votes of 100 journalists representing teams in the top 100 FIFA. In it, 68 journalists selected Messi to the top, 20 to give the number one position to Haaland. The Portuguese journalist is the only one who doesn’t choose Messi, Haaland or Mbappe at number one. This person voted for fellow player Bernardo Silva.

How does Lionel Messi outperform Haaland in the Golden Ball race? - 2

Messi won the 8th Golden Ball title of his career (Image: AFP).

With Messi winning the overwhelming number of votes, it is possible to temporarily end the argument about El Pulga being unworthy of Haaland in the 2023 Golden Ball race.

In other developments, the Federation Soccer Europe (UEFA) announces cooperation with media group Groupe Amaury (the unit that owns two magazines France Football and L’Équipe), to co-organize the 2024 Golden Ball poll and award.

The structure for the Golden Ball titles remains the same and adds two new titles as the best coach of men’s and women’s football. This means that UEFA does not award the European Player of the Year award in August every year. Instead, this award will be merged with the Golden Ball.

For the second time, France Football magazine agreed to merge the award after having collaborated with FIFA in the period 2010-2015.

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