2023 Ballon d’Or Shortlist: Lionel Messi and Erling Haaland Top Men’s List, Aitana Bonmati Leads Women’s Category

2023 Ballon d’Or Shortlist

2023 Ballon d’Or Shortlist: Lionel Messi and Erling Haaland Top Men’s List, Aitana Bonmati Leads Women’s Category


In the race for the 2023 Ballon d’Or, Lionel Messi and Erling Haaland have emerged as the frontrunners in the men’s category, while Aitana Bonmati of Spain has taken the lead among the women’s nominees.


At 36 years old, Messi boasts an astonishing seven Ballon d’Or trophies throughout his illustrious career and is considered the favorite to claim yet another, especially after his instrumental role in helping Argentina secure the 2022 World Cup title in Qatar.

However, Messi faces stiff competition from Erling Haaland, who made a significant impact by netting an impressive 52 goals in his debut season with Manchester City. His contributions were instrumental in the club’s historic treble victory in the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League.


While Messi and Haaland are the standout contenders, they aren’t alone on the shortlist. Five other Manchester City players have also made their mark, with Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain standing as a strong challenger for the coveted award. Mbappe notably scored a remarkable hat-trick in the World Cup final, nearly carrying France to the brink of defending their title.


Karim Benzema, the 2022 Ballon d’Or winner, has rightfully earned his spot on the shortlist. However, notable by his absence is Cristiano Ronaldo, who experienced a mixed spell with Manchester United before transferring to Saudi side Al-Nassr in January.


The shortlist also includes England’s talented trio—Jude Bellingham, Harry Kane, and Bukayo Saka—adding further excitement to the competition.


On the women’s front, Aitana Bonmati from Spain stands out as the top nominee for the Ballon d’Or Féminin. Her leadership played a pivotal role in Spain’s World Cup triumph in August, and she even secured the Golden Ball in the process, making her a strong favorite for the prize.


Bonmati, however, faces formidable competition from England’s Milie Bright, Georgia Stanway, Rachel Daly, and Mary Earps, who were runners-up to Spain at the World Cup.


It’s worth noting that Sam Kerr, who claimed third place in both 2021 and 2022, missed out on a nomination this time, despite her impressive tally of 29 goals that helped Chelsea secure a domestic double in 2023. Additionally, Alexia Putellas, the winner in 2021 and 2022, is absent from the list due to her prolonged absence from the field due to injury.


With Bonmati’s remarkable performance, Spain could potentially secure their third consecutive Ballon d’Or Féminin victory if she clinches the award.


  • Josko Gvardiol (Manchester City)
  • Andre Onana (Manchester United)
  • Karim Benzema (Al Ittihad)
  • Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich)
  • Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
  • Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid)
  • Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)
  • Randal Kolo Muani (Paris Saint Germain)
  • Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City)
  • Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)
  • Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (Napoli)
  • Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa)
  • Ruben Dias (Manchester City)
  • Nicola Barella (Inter Milan)
  • Erling Haaland (Manchester City)
  • Yassine Bounou (Al Hilal)
  • Martin Odegaard (Arsenal)
  • Julian Alvarez (Manchester City)
  • Ilkay Gundogan (Barcelona)
  • Vinicius Jr (Real Madrid)
  • Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona)
  • Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)
  • Lautaro Martinez (Inter MIlan)
  • Lionel Messi (Inter Miami)
  • Rodri (Barcelona)
  • Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint German)
  • Kim Min-Jae (Bayern Munich)
  • Victor Osimhen (Napoli)
  • Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
  • Harry Kane (Bayern Munich)


  • Alba Redondo (Levante Union Deportiva)
  • Kadidiatou Diani (Lyon)
  • Rachel Daly (Aston Villa)
  • Linda Caicedo (Real Madrid)
  • Fridolina Rolfo (Barcelona)
  • Olga Carmona (Real Madrid)
  • Amanda Ilestedt (Arsenal)
  • Hayley Raso (Real Madrid)
  • Georgia Stanway (Bayern Munich)
  • Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns)
  • Hinata Miyazawa (Manchester United)
  • Salma Paralluelo (Barcelona)
  • Lena Oberdorf (Wolfsburg)
  • Millie Bright (Chelsea)
  • Daphne van Domselaar (Aston Villa)
  • Sam Kerr (Chelsea)
  • Patricia Guijarro (Barcelona)
  • Ewa Pajor (Wolfsburg)
  • Debinha (Kansas City)
  • Guro Reiten (Chelsea)
  • Yui Hasegawa (Manchester City)
  • Aitana Bonmati (Barcelona)
  • Jill Roord (Manchester City)
  • Alexandria Popp (Wolfsburg)
  • Katie McCabe (Arsenal)
  • Mary Earps (Manchester United)
  • Wendie Renard (Lyon)
  • Mapi Leon (Barcelona)
  • Asisat Oshoala (Barcelona)
  • Khadija Shaw (Manchester City)


  • Rasmus Hojlund (Manchester United)
  • Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich)
  • Alejandro Balde (Barcelona)
  • Pedri (Barcelona)
  • Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid)
  • Antonio Silva (Benfica)
  • Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid)
  • Xavi Simons (RB Leipzig)
  • Gavi (Barcelona)
  • Elye Wahi (Lens)


  • Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa)
  • Mike Maignan (AC Milan)
  • Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid)
  • Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)
  • Yasssine Bounou (Al Hilal)
  • Andre Onana (Manchester United)
  • Dominik Livakovic (Fenerbahce)
  • Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (Barcelona)
  • Ederson (Manchester City)
  • Brice Samba (Lens)

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *