The Argentine great Lionel Messi won the Golden Ball in 2023. It is, logically, his record eighth award for the best player in the world.
And as it happens, the race for next year has already started! The Ballon d’Or is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious awards in the world of football and every year, the anticipation grows as fans and pundits eagerly await the winner’s announcement.
The coveted award recognises the top player who had the greatest impact on the beautiful game during a given year.
As of November 2023, the race for the 2024 Ballon d’Or is already taking shape, and we’re here to rank the top ten favourites based on their performances in the early stages of the 2023-24 season.
1. Jude Bellingham
Jude Bellingham’s rise in the world of football has been nothing short of remarkable.
The young English midfielder moved to Real Madrid in the summer of 2023, becoming the second most expensive contract in the club’s history at 103 million euros.
While Bellingham was expected to thrive at the Santiago Bernabeu, no one expected the immediate impact he would have at the club. What sets Bellingham apart is not just its outstanding performance but also its adaptability.
He took a new position at Real Madrid and thrived in it. Bellingham has become their main goal-scoring outlet and has already scored several game-winning goals for the team, including a memorable game against biggest rivals Barcelona, on October 28.
2. Harry Kane
Harry Kane, a name synonymous with prolific goalscoring in the English Premier League, has begun a new chapter in his career by joining Bayern Munich in the summer of 2023.
Kane has long been regarded as one of the best strikers in the world, and this move to a club with a rich history and success allowed him to reshape his career.
For a player who had previously gone without a trophy in his career, Kane’s move to Bayern opened up new opportunities.
If he can help the club secure major silverware and continue his goalscoring exploits, he could be among the top contenders for the prestigious Ballon d’Or.
3. Kylian Mbappe
Kylian Mbappe is known for his breathtaking speed, impeccable skill, and incredible goalscoring prowess.
The French sensation, who plies his trade with Paris Saint-Germain, consistently stands out for his club and the national team.
As of November 2023, Mbappe is among the main favourites for the 2024 Ballon d’Or.
With a consistent top-ten finish since 2017 and a career-best third in 2023, Mbappe is undoubtedly the voters’ favourite for the Ballon d’Or. If he can help PSG secure major titles in 2023-24, he could win his first Ballon d’Or.
4. Erling Haaland
Erling Haaland is a player who strikes fear into the hearts of defenders around the world.
The Norwegian striker, known for his incredible goalscoring ability, set the football world on fire with his performances.
Many believe he should have won the Ballon d’Or in 2023, and as of November 2023, he’s making a strong case for the 2024 edition.
5. Mohamed Salah
When it comes to consistency, class, and brilliance on the field, Mohamed Salah is a name that immediately springs to mind.
The Egyptian winger, who wears the Liverpool shirt, has consistently given great performances year after year. As of November 2023, Salah is undoubtedly one of the biggest favourites for the 2024 Ballon d’Or.
Always in the shadow of his teammates, mostly the attackers, Rodri can control the whole match and always do what is best for his team, whether in the defense or the offense.
According to many experts, he was one of the main players last season who helped Manchester City win the treble.
7. Lautaro Martinez
Many thought that without Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez would struggle in Inter.
But it’s quite the opposite. He was brilliant last season, the World champion with Argentina, and unfortunately lost the UEFA Champions League final. This season, he picked up where he left off, and it’s enough for him to be on this list.
8. Declan Rice
The most expensive Arsenal player showed that he is worth every penny. Among the captain Odeegard, Rice is certainly the leader of this team on the field.
He is for Arsenal what Rodri is for Manchester City, and only Rice is still missing some important trophy to be more competitive for the Ballon d’Or.
9. Vinicius Jr.
Maybe at the moment, he, like everyone in Real Madrid, is under Bellingham’s shadow, but Vinicius Jr. has proved himself on the big stage more than once. One of the best strikers in the world and a player who creates the most chances compared to all players from the best leagues.
10. Julian Alvarez
The player is incredibly young yet managed to win all major trophies in football, both with his teams and with his country. He is still improving under Pep Guardiola, but he certainly deserves to be named among the best, if not the best, player of today.
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