Leo Messi wins his eighth Ballon d’Or.
Leo Messi wins the eighth Ballon d'Oro
For the eighth time in his career it was Leo Messi who won the Golden Ball: the Argentine star, now at Inter Miami, got the better of Manchester City’s Norwegian Erling Haaland, second, and Paris Saint-Germain’s Frenchman Kylian Mbapp Kylian Mbappé
Immediately below the podium are two more Manchester City footballers: Kevin De Bruyne (fourth) and Rodri (fifth). Victor Osimhen of Napoli è placed eighth, while the other Blue Khvicha Kvaratskhelia è ranked 17th, ahead of Jude Bellingham (18°).
The only Italian on the list of 30 candidates è Nicolò Barella, in 27th place. Also from Inter was Lautaro Martinez, who finished in 20th place.
Manchester City, author of the 'Treble' in the last season, culminating in winning the Champions League against Inter, è was awarded as the best club of the year.