Ballon d'Or 2023: Breakdown of how Countries voted Messi ahead of Haaland
Inter Miami forward player, Lionel Messi won his historic eighth Ballon d'Or award, a feat that has never been achieved by a player.
The former Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain player was voted the winner of the award following his impressive performance at the 2022 FIFA World Cup hosted in Qatar. Lionel Messi led his team to win the most lucrative competition for the first time since 1986 when Diego Maradona led them to win the tournament. He has also been impressive for Inter Miami since he arrived at the MLS, leading them to their first-ever trophy in the history of the club.
The breakdown of how coaches of national teams around the world voted for the best player was released on the official website of Ballon d'Or. Messi won the award having 462 votes, he was followed by Manchester City's striker, Erling Haaland who had 357 votes, and PSG's Kylian Mbappe came in third place with 270 votes.
The captain of Manchester City, Kevin de Bruyne came in fourth place with 100 points while his teammate, Rodri finished in fifth place with 57 points.
Vinicius Jnr ( 49 ), Alvarez (28), Victor Osimhen (24), Bernardo Silva (20), and Luka Modric (19) complete the top ten best players in the world.