Ballon d'Or 2023 power ranking: Lionel Messi overwhelming favourite, ahead of Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe

Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi of Argentina and Barcelona accepts his award during the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2015 at the Kongresshaus on January 11, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland.
(Image credit: Alexander Hassenstein - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

The Ballon d'Or 2023 power ranking is fascinating reading, with Lionel Messi set to become the first-ever Major League Soccer winner.

We're well and truly out of the duopoly era, now. From 2008 to 2021, Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo dominated the Ballon d'Or with only Luka Modric breaking their stronghold in 2018. Last autumn saw Karim Benzema lift France's for the first time since Zinedine Zidane – but this time, it looks like Leo's final hurrah. 

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Mark White
Content Editor

Mark White has been at on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, first as a staff writer before becoming content editor in 2023. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also represented FFT at both FA Cup and League Cup finals (though didn't receive a winners' medal on either occasion) and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He has written cover features for the mag on Mikel Arteta and Martin Odegaard, and is assisted by his cat, Rosie, who has interned for the brand since lockdown.