Ballon d'Or LIVE blog: will Leo Messi claim his 8th prize?

Ballon d'Or LIVE blog: will Leo Messi claim his 8th prize?



Here are the final rankings.

👸 Barcelona's Aitana Bonmati is the Ballon d'Or winner among women!

🇪🇸 5th – Rodri!

🇧🇷 6th – Vinicius Junior!

🇦🇷 7th place – Julian Alvarez!

⛵️ Men's club of the year – Manchester City! Well deserved.

⚽️ Erling Haaland wins the Gerd Muller trophy for his goalscoring success of last season. Robert Lewandowski is 5th.

🧤 Emiliano Martinez is the winner of the Yashin Trophy! The Argentine beat Ter Stegen for the prize, among others. MATS is just 5th despite the heroics of last season! Crazy.

💙❤️ Barcelona named women's best club of the season! Joan Laporta is here to collect the prize.

🇳🇬 8th – Victor Osimhen

🇵🇹 9th – Bernardo Silva

🇭🇷 10th – Luka Modric

We proceed with the remaining Ballon d'Or rankings.

Vinicius Junior has become the winner of the Socrates award for humanitarian work made by a footballer. He's been really vocal in the fight against racism.

Jude Bellingham is the Kopa Trophy winner. The Englishman has beaten the likes of Alejandro Balde, Pedri and Gavi to claim the prize.

The 10 Ballon d'Or finalists!

😍 Ilkay Gundogan and Aitana Bonmati.

🔥 It's time! The ceremony begins.

EVERYONE believes Messi deserves to win the 8th Ballon d'Or.

🥎 Novak Djokovic: "I want Messi to win the Ballon d'Or. Mbappé and Haaland had a great season, but Messi is on another level."

The royal family.


iShowSpeed and MATS! 😂

Joan Laporta has arrived.

The signing we didn't get last summer... I mean Bernardo's stunning wife, of course.

Erling Haaland is here too. Seems like he knows something...

Some fresh pics of our players waiting for the gala...

Viral YouTuber iShowSpeed is at the gala. One of the first things he did was Cristiano Ronaldo's 'SIUUUU' celebration...

... Ronaldo's Ballon d'Or standings would look like this, however.

🇪🇬 11th – Mohamed Salah! As usual, the Egyptian king is on fire with Liverpool.

🇵🇱 12th – Robert Lewandowski! The Pole ended up becoming La Liga's top goalscorer last term.

🇲🇦 13th – Yassine Bounou! Stunning campaign in the World Cup and the Europa League by the Moroccan goalkeeper.

🇩🇪 14th – Ilkay Gundogan! Barca's new signing was clutch for Manchester City last season.

🇦🇷 15th – Emiliano Martinez! One of Argentina's greatest heroes at the World Cup.

🇫🇷 16th – Karim Benzema! He won the prize last year.

🇬🇪 17th – Khvicha Kvaratskhelia! What a breakthrough from the Georgian winger.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 18th – Jude Bellingham! Well, this seems quite low even for the 2022/23 Bellingham.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 19th – Harry Kane! 32 goals and 5 assists for Spurs last season.

🇦🇷 20th – Lautaro Martinez! The guy sitting next to Messi tonight.

🇫🇷 21st – Antoine Griezmann! Happy for Grizou who's back to his prime.

🇰🇷 22nd – Kim Min Jae! He had quite a season with Napoli and earned himself a move to Bayern Munich.

🇨🇲 23rd – Andre Onana! His latest performances would make you feel surprised about his presence here.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 24th – Bukayo Saka! Surely he deserved better?

🇭🇷 25th – Josko Gvardiol! He would be even higher up the list if not for Messi's crazy dribble past him.

🇩🇪 26th – Jamal Musiala! One of the best wonderkids on planet Earth right now.

🇮🇹 27th – Nicolo Barella! Superb campaign with Inter Milan.

🇳🇴🇫🇷 In 28th, equally ranked, Martin Odegaard and Randal Kolo Muani!

🇵🇹 30th place – Ruben Dias! Man City defenders deserve to be here every year.

🇦🇷 If Messi wins his 8th Ballon d'Or tonight, this will happen on the day when Diego Maradona could've turned 63 – this is particularly special given that Argentina's World Cup win was some sort of a tribute to him.

⏰ The ceremony kicks off at 20:45 CET, but before that, players ranked from 25th to 4th are going to be announced – here is the shortlist.

👋 Hello and welcome to the live blog covering all things Ballon d'Or! What are your expectations tonight?

AuthorKosta Kö