Ballon d’Or 2023 awards ceremony – live updates | Ballon d’Or

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OK, that’s quite enough sartorial info for one football liveblog.

Lionel Messi is in the building. His fashion record at this event is mixed at best, but obviously has a decent stylist in Paris from his PSG days, and looks very smart indeed in a classic tux.

Lionel Messi, his wife Antonela Roccuzzo and their children arrive.
Lionel Messi, his wife Antonela Roccuzzo and their children arrive. Photograph: Mohammed Badra/EPA

His former teammate, Kylian Mbappé, is wearing a grey, double breasted number, which looks like exactly the same suit as worn by David Beckham, although the Englishman has chosen the navy version.

Erling Haaland, not afraid of a few spicy threads, has just turned up in a shiny navy tux. He looks absolutely thrilled to be there.

Norwegian forward Erling Haaland and his wife Isabel Haugseng Johansen.
Norwegian forward Erling Haaland and his wife Isabel Haugseng Johansen. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Thought this from a few days ago was good from Pep, who obviously has mixed allegiances with Lionel Messi and Erling Haaland.

🗣️ “The Ballon d’Or has to be two sections. One for Messi, and after look for the others. So, Haaland should win – Yes. We won the treble and he scored 50 million goals. The worst season of Messi is the best for the rest.”

Pep Guardiola on who should win the Ballon d’Or. 🥇

— Football Daily (@footballdaily) October 20, 2023

Very hard to see anyone other than Bonmati winning tonight. She won the league title in Spain, the Champions League and the World Cup, where she was voted the tournament’s best player. An incredible year.

Barcelona's president Joan Laporta (left) and Barcelona star midfielder Aitana Bonmati pose for the cameras.
Barcelona’s president Joan Laporta (left) and Barcelona star midfielder Aitana Bonmati pose for the cameras. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

There are 30 nominees in the male category, and 11-30 have already been revealed.

2023 Men’s Ballon d’Or ranking:

1️⃣1️⃣ Mohamed Salah
1️⃣2️⃣ Robert Lewandowski
1️⃣3️⃣ Yassine Bounou
1️⃣4️⃣ Ilkay Gündogan
1️⃣5️⃣ Emiliano Martinez#ballondor

— Ballon d’Or #ballondor (@ballondor) October 30, 2023

2023 Men’s Ballon d’Or ranking:

1️⃣6️⃣ Karim Benzema
1️⃣7️⃣ Khvicha Kvaratskhelia
1️⃣8️⃣ Jude Bellingham
1️⃣9️⃣ Harry Kane
2️⃣0️⃣ Lautaro Martinez#ballondor

— Ballon d’Or #ballondor (@ballondor) October 30, 2023

2023 Men’s Ballon d’Or ranking:

2️⃣1️⃣ Antoine Griezmann
2️⃣2️⃣ Kim Min-jae
2️⃣3️⃣ André Onana
2️⃣4️⃣ Bukayo Saka
2️⃣5️⃣ Josko Gvardiol#ballondor

— Ballon d’Or #ballondor (@ballondor) October 30, 2023

2023 Men’s Ballon d’Or ranking:

2️⃣6️⃣ Jamal Musiala
2️⃣7️⃣ Nicolo Barella
2️⃣8️⃣ Randal Kolo Muani
2️⃣8️⃣ Martin Ødegaard
3️⃣0️⃣ Ruben Dias#ballondor

— Ballon d’Or #ballondor (@ballondor) October 30, 2023

Real Madrid are next off the production line. Jude Bellingham keeps it simple with a classic black tux, wheras Vinicius Jr is wearing a striking crushed orange velvet number.

Ilkay Gundogan, who made the shortlist this year for the first time in his career, also arrives with his male Barça teammates, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and Alejandro Balde

Gundogan speaks to the cameras.

I’m a very happy man. The last few months have been great recently for my family. Finishing with the treble with Manchester City and now fulfilling a childhood dream to join Barça … it’s been a very good year.

The footballers are arriving at the Paris venue tonight, the Théâtre du Châtelet, which sounds a bit like an A-list actor if you mumble the words, but in fact is a rather fancy opera house and arts space in the 1st arrondissement.

Among them is the ‘Barcelona delegation’, which includes the favourite to win tonight, Aitana Bonmati, alongside numerous club and international teammates, most of which won the World Cup with Spain. Fridolina Rolfo, Salma Paralluelo, Mapi Leon are all there.


Hello! Welcome to one of the most important events of the year, or a vanity fest that means nothing, depending on your disposition.

The reality of what this really means is probably somewhere in between the two. Football is a team sport, and team trophies will always be thing that people remember. The Ballon d’Or is not the measure by which legacies are decided. That said, it’s not a bad thing to have on your CV.

This being a World Cup year for both men’s and women’s football, it is not a shock to see the favourites for the two major awards come from Argentina men’s side and Spain’s women’s side. Lionel Messi is tipped to win his eighth trophy – no other male player has more than five – while Aitana Bonmati is in pole position to claim the Ballon d’Or Feminin. It would be a surprise to see someone else win tonight, but Erling Haaland and Olga Carmona have the best chance of causing a shock.

The main ceremony begins at 7.45pm GMT, 8.45pm local time (in Paris).

Here are the nominees in full for all four awards:

Ballon d’Or nominees

  • Josko Gvardiol (RB Leipzig and Manchester City)

  • Andre Onana (Inter Milan and Manchester United)

  • Karim Benzema (Real Madrid and Al-Ittihad)

  • Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

  • Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich)

  • Bukayo Saka (Arsenal)

  • Randal Kolo Muani (Eintracht Frankfurt and Paris Saint-Germain)

  • Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid)

  • Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

  • Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)

  • Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (Napoli)

  • Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa)

  • Ruben Dias (Manchester City)

  • Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan)

  • Erling Haaland (Manchester City)

  • Martin Odegaard (Arsenal)

  • Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City and Barcelona)

  • Yassine Bounou (Sevilla and Al-Hilal)

  • Julian Alvarez (Manchester City)

  • Vinicius Jr (Real Madrid)

  • Rodrigo (Manchester City)

  • Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Miami)

  • Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)

  • Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan)

  • Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona)

  • Kim Min-jae (Napoli and Bayern Munich)

  • Luka Modric (Real Madrid)

  • Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-German)

  • Victor Osimhen (Napoli)

  • Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich)

Ballon d’Or Feminin nominees

  • Daphne Van Domselaar (Twente and Aston Villa)

  • Lena Oberdorf (Vfl Wolfsburg)

  • Hinata Miyazawa (MyNavi Sendai)

  • Millie Bright (Chelsea)

  • Salma Paralluelo (Barcelona)

  • Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns)

  • Hayley Raso (Manchester City and Real Madrid)

  • Amanda Ilestedt (Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal)

  • Georgia Stanway (Bayern Munich)

  • Olga Carmona (Real Madrid)

  • Fridolina Rolfo (Barcelona)

  • Rachel Daly (Aston Villa)

  • Alba Redondo (Levante)

  • Lina Caicedo (Real Madrid)

  • Kadidiatou Diani (Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique Lyonnais)

  • Patricia Guijarro (Barcelona)

  • Ewa Pajor (Vfl Wolfsburg)

  • Guro Reiten (Chelsea)

  • Sam Kerr (Chelsea)

  • Debinha (North Carlina Courage and Kansas City Current)

  • Aitana Bonmati (Barcelona)

  • Alexandra Popp (Vfl Wolfsburg)

  • Yui Hasegawa (Manchester City)

  • Jill Roord (Vfl Wolfsburg and Manchester City)

  • Katie McCabe (Arsenal)

  • Wendie Renard (Olympique Lyonnais)

  • Asisat Oshoala (Barcelona)

  • Mary Earps (Manchester United)

  • Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw (Manchester City)

  • Mapi Leon (Barcelona)

Yashin Trophy nominees

  • Brice Samba (Lens)

  • Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb and Fenerbahce)

  • Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)

  • Andre Onana (Inter Milan and Manchester United)

  • Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa)

  • Ederson (Manchester City)

  • Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (Barcelona)

  • Mike Maignan (AC Milan)

  • Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid)

  • Yassine Bounou (Sevilla and Al-Hilal)

Kopa Trophy nominees (for best men’s under-21 player)

  • Xavi (RB Leipzig / PSV Eindhoven)

  • Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich)

  • Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund / Real Madrid)

  • Alejandro Balde (Barcelona)

  • Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid)

  • Gavi (Barcelona)

  • Rasmus Höjlund (Atalanta / Manchester United)

  • Pedri (Barcelona)

  • Antonio Silva (Benfica)

  • Elye Wahi (HSC Montpellier / RC Lens)

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