# Ballon D'Or

This month
September 2023
Messi, but no Ronaldo: here are the 30 nominees for the 2023 Ballon d'Or
Lionel Messi is bidding to win the prize for the eighth time, but five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo is not nominated for the first time since 2003.
Ireland's Katie McCabe nominated for Ballon d'Or Féminin
It follows an outstanding 12 months for the 27-year-old.
Ireland's Katie McCabe nominated for Ballon d'Or Féminin
Ireland captain included on the list of 30 nominees following an outstanding 2022/23 season.
This year
Ballon D'Or winner on bench as classy Spain send Women's World Cup warning
Alexia Putellas did come on for the last 13 minutes, allaying fears about a possible injury.
'I expected to win something this year' - Cristiano Ronaldo
Despite signing the five-time Ballon d’Or-winner in a two-and-a-half-year deal said to total €400 million, Al Nassr finished second in the Saudi Pro League.
Ronaldo breaks duck after lucrative Saudi move
The Portuguese, who turns 38 on Sunday, buried a spot-kick in the 93rd minute.
Last year
Benzema becomes first Frenchman since Zidane to win Ballon d'Or
Meanwhile, Alexia Putellas won her second successive prize at the ceremony.
7-time winner Lionel Messi misses out on 30-strong list for Ballon d'Or
Meanwhile, Manchester United’s Ronaldo is nominated again this year.
Ballon d'Or to revamp format from next season
The award will now be based on performances across a whole football season, rather than a calendar year.
All time
PSG still waiting for Lionel Messi to find Ballon d'Or form
With Neymar set for a spell on the sidelines, the responsibility on the Argentine star’s shoulders has increased.
Mason Mount laughs off suggestion he could win Ballon d’Or following nomination
The Chelsea and England midfielder was named on the 30-man shortlist for the gong.
Ballon d’Or shortlist released as 14 Premier League players make the cut
Manchester City and Chelsea are each represented by five players.
'Emotional distress' - Court orders compensation for Cristiano Ronaldo no-show
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner stayed on the bench throughout a 3-3 draw with a K-League all-stars team in July last year.
Cristiano Ronaldo set to miss out on reunion with Lionel Messi - reports
Portuguese TVI reported that the Juventus player ‘has once against tested positive for Covid-19′.
There is no question who should have been awarded the Ballon d'Or this year
Robert Lewandowski completed a memorable season by helping Bayern win the Champions League last night.
Ballon D'Or won't be awarded for 2020
Organisers have cited the disruption caused by the Covid-19 shutdown in cancelling the award for the first time.
Italy legend eyes coaching role in Europe after Chinese success
Fabio Cannavaro recently won the Super League with Guangzhou Evergrande.
Rapinoe asks Ronaldo and Messi to 'help' in fight against racism, sexism
The United States international won the women’s Ballon d’Or this week.
Ballon d'Or: Mane overlooked for being African, claims Senegal team-mate
Cheikhou Kouyate indicated he feels European and South American players are favoured in the voting.
Diouf tells irate Senegalese fans to cool it after Mane finishes 4th in Ballon d'Or
The Liverpool star won the Champions League, but finished behind Argentine winner Lionel Messi among others.
'Real Madrid decided that Cristiano should not win the Ballon d'Or' - Chiellini
The star was robbed of the prize last year, according to his Juventus team-mate.
Van Dijk 'respects greatness' after losing out to Messi
He may have finished runner up to Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi, but Virgil van Dijk had no qualms about losing out to the Barcelona star.
Lionel Messi beats Virgil van Dijk to Ballon d'Or prize
The Argentine superstar has won the prize for a record sixth time.
US star Megan Rapinoe rewarded for stellar year with Ballon d'Or
The 34-year-old midfielder was a key figure in the World Cup this summer.
Who should win the Ballon D'Or tonight?
Lionel Messi, Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo battle it out for the men’s award, while Megan Rapinoe is favourite to claim the women’s prize.
Gerrard insists 'faultless' Van Dijk deserves Ballon d'Or ahead of Messi
The Rangers manager is backing the Liverpool defender to win the award at the expense of the Barcelona star.
African players 'not respected' in Ballon d'Or vote
‘Western media dominate our media,’ says Samuel Eto’o.
Klopp: Which Liverpool players weren't nominated for Ballon d'Or?
The coach joked about having the most players shortlisted for the upcoming award.
Modric and Neymar miss out on Ballon D'Or shortlist
Megan Rapinoe is the favourite to win the women’s award.
Messi: I almost left Barcelona five years ago
The Argentine star was unhappy after he and his father were charged with tax fraud.
Ballon D'Or organisers introduce separate award for goalkeepers
The days of a ‘keeper contending for football’s biggest individual prize are at an end.
Ronaldo refuses to answer Ballon d’Or questions after Nations League triumph
The Juventus forward would not be drawn into debate over the award when pressed by reporters.
Portugal considers revoking Ronaldo's honours after tax fraud controversy
The star was handed a two-year jail sentence that was immediately reduced to a fine of €365,000.
'I thought he was wrong': Ballon d'Or winner Kaka blames Mourinho for Madrid struggles
The Brazilian has revealed his frustration at being picked behind Mesut Ozil in Mourinho’s starting XI.
Modric has a dig at Messi and Ronaldo for skipping Ballon d'Or ceremony
The Real Madrid midfielder has ended the duopoly.
Opinion: It doesn't get much weirder than being asked to twerk but Ada Hegerberg reacted like a real star
I was really impressed with the dignity of how Hegerberg handled the sexist question at the Ballon d’Or awards. She is an outstanding role model for young women around the world, writes Louise Quinn.
'Obviously, I was expecting maybe a question about my football skills' - Hegerberg
Ada Hegerberg isn’t too concerned by Martin Solveig’s ‘twerk’ question, and is simply delighted to be the world’s best footballer.
Why Ada Hegerberg, the first-ever female Ballon d'Or winner, could be set to boycott the 2019 World Cup
Last night was just the latest accolade for an individual who seemed destined for greatness from the outset.
'The level of sexism is unreal' - Andy Murray furious after 'twerk' comment at Ballon d'Or
The Scot used Instagram to take aim at DJ Martin Solveig following his controversial dancing request to Ada Hegerberg.
'I won a Europa League, a World Cup, what else do I have to do to win the Ballon d'Or?'
Luka Modric claimed the award for 2018.