Lionel Messi is widely tipped to beat Erling Haaland to claim a record-extending eighth Ballon d’Or award and here is everything you need to know about the 2023 ceremony
Lionel Messi is widely tipped to win the 2023 Ballon d’Or in what will be a record-extending eighth award for the Argentina captain.
The ceremony will get underway on Monday in Paris, France and besides picking the winner of the most prestigious individual award in football history in men’s and women’s categories, top prizes in other sections will also be distributed.
Here is everything you need to know about the 2023 Ballon d’Or ceremony.
23:59 - 29.10.2023
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Men’s Ballon d’Or
Messi is reportedly set to be handed a record-extending eighth Ballon d’Or award after leading Argentina to World Cup victory in Qatar last year before winning the Ligue 1 title with Paris Saint-Germain ahead of Manchester City striker Erling Haaland.
Haaland led City to the treble of Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup, scoring over 50 goals, but according to reports, that will still not be enough to topple Messi, who managed 32 goals and 25 assists.
A panel of journalists from the top 100 football nations, per the FIFA rankings, vote on the men's Ballon d'Or award. Each nation has one journalist representative who votes on the international ballot.
17:00 - 20.10.2023
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Women's Ballon d'Or
Meanwhile, in the women’s category, Spain’s World Cup winner, Aitana Bonmati, is expected to bag the top prize.
Like the men's Ballon d'Or award, the Ballon d'Or Feminin is decided by an international panel of journalists. However, it is a panel of 50, one journalist from each of the top 50 nations.
What else is happening at the Ballon d’Or ceremony?
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The winner of the Kopa trophy, reserved for the best young player, is decided by a jury of Ballon d'Or winners.
This year’s nominees are; Xavi (RB Leipzig/PSV Eindhoven), Jamal Musiala (FC Bayern), Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund/Real Madrid), Alejandro Balde (FC Barcelona), Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid), Gavi (FC Barcelona), Rasmus Hojlund (Atalanta/Manchester United), Pedri (FC Barcelona), Antonio Silva (Benfica), Elye Wahi (HSC Montpellier/RC Lens)
The Yashin Trophy recognises the best goalkeeper from the previous season.
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The Yashin Trophy winner is decided in the same way as the men's Ballon d'Or, by a panel of 100 journalists.
This year’s nominees are; Brice Samba (Lens), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb/Fenerbahce), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal), Andre Onana (Inter Milan/Manchester United), Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa), Ederson (Manchester City), Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (Barcelona), Mike Maignan (AC Milan), Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid) and Yassine Bounou (Sevilla/Al-Hilal).
When is the 2023 Ballon d’Or ceremony happening?
The 2023 Ballon d’Or ceremony will take place on Monday.
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Where will the 2023 Ballon d’Or ceremony take place?
The 2023 Ballon d’Or ceremony will take place at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, France.
Where to watch the 2023 Ballon d’Or live on TV?
The 2023 Ballon d’Or live telecast will be available on SuperSport TV.
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Where to watch the live streaming of the 2023 Ballon d’Or?
The live streaming of the 2023 Ballon d’Or will be available free on L’Equipe’s official YouTube channel globally.
When will the 2023 Ballon d'Or ceremony start?
The 2023 Ballon d'Or ceremony will start at 9pm Kenyan time.