Lionel Messi is reportedly set to win his eighth Ballon d’Or award, further solidifying his status as one of the greatest footballers of all time.
The points-based voting system for the Ballon d’Or takes into account performances in the previous domestic season, rather than the calendar year.
The usual suspects, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, are right near the top when it comes to the most accumulated Ballon d’Or points.
Lionel Messi is reportedly set to win his eighth Ballon d’Or award after the Argentine forward has enjoyed a brilliant 12 months that included a World Cup success in December 2022. He has also had a strong start to life in America as the little magician has managed to find the net 11 times while also contributing five assists in his opening five games for Inter Miami.
France Football gave the award a makeover with performances to be judged on the European calendar meaning that performance in the previous domestic season will now be considered rather than a calendar year. This change came about in 2021 after Messi was handed his seventh award despite many believing Robert Lewandowski deserved the award at the time.