Messi won the Golden Ball for the 8th time

At the 2022/23 Golden Ball awards ceremony held on October 30 at the Theater du Chatele (Paris, France), Argentina captain Lionel Messi will surpass Norwegian striker Erling Haaland to win the Golden Ball title for the first time. 8th – a great record.

Messi won the Golden Ball title for the 8th time – a great record

Messi, 36 years old, won the Golden Ball 7 times in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019 and 2021.

In the list of 30 candidates for the 2023 Golden Ball Award, the Argentine striker has the record of winning the 2022 World Cup with the Argentina team, scoring 7 goals and winning the title of Best Player of the tournament.

As of October 2023, Messi has played for the national team in 178 matches and scored 106 goals. In the 2024 World Cup qualifiers, Messi contributed 3 goals to help Argentina lead the rankings (4 wins).

At club level, Messi won Ligue 1 with Paris SG in a season in which he scored a total of 21 goals. Coming to the US to play for Inter Miami since July, the Argentine striker scored 11 goals in 13 matches, helping the team win the Leagues Cup, setting a record of 44 collective titles in his career.

Erling Haaland won the Silver Ball by scoring 52 goals in 53 matches in the 2022-2023 season, helping Man City Club win the treble, including the first Champions League title. Haaland won the title of Best Player and Outstanding Young Player of the Premier League 2022-2023, as well as the European Golden Shoe last season. The opportunity to win the Golden Ball is clearly still very open for the 23-year-old Norwegian striker.

At the Kopa Award given to outstanding players under 21 years old, Jude Bellingham (England, Real Madrid) can surpass Jamal Musiala, Gavi, Pedri, Rasmus Hojlund… to win the award.

In the Yashin Award for best goalkeeper, the hero who brought Argentina to the top of the 2022 World Cup Emiliano Martinez will probably surpass Ter Stegen, Thibaut Courtois, Andre Onana… to win the award.

The Women’s Golden Ball title definitely belongs to Aitana Bonmati – who has already won the UEFA Player of the Year award and the 2023 Women’s World Cup Golden Ball.

Bonmati was also the pillar who contributed to bringing the Women’s Champions League championship to Barcelona last season as well as helping the Spanish women’s team win the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in July.

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