Ballon d’Or 2023:
Lionel Messi secured his eighth Ballon d’Or, a record in football history, and Aitana Bonmati claimed the Ballon d’Or Féminin Award for her exceptional contributions to Spain’s Women’s World Cup win and Barcelona’s success.
- The Ballon d’Or is an annual football award presented by French news magazine France Football since 1956.
- The Ballon d’Or awards are based on a player’s individual performance in the previous season.
- This is a change from previous criteria, which were based on player performance during the calendar year.
- The award was temporarily merged with the FIFA World Player of the Year from 2010 to 2015 and is known as the FIFA Ballon d’Or. However, in 2016, this partnership concluded.