The Ballon d’Or, one of the most prestigious awards in the world of soccer, will be awarded this Monday at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, an event that brings together lovers of the sport from around the world and attracts the attention of millions of fans to find out the best soccer player in the world.
And with two days to go before the winner is announced, all bets are on one name: Lionel Messi.
In the men’s category, the Argentine legend is one of the great favorites to win the award.
Messi, who has already won the Ballon d’Or seven times, had an outstanding performance in the 2022-23 season, particularly with his country’s national team.
His skill, vision and goalscoring ability have once again highlighted him as one of the best players in the world and expectations are high to see if Messi can add another Ballon d’Or to his impressive collection.
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Artificial intelligence decides
What makes this event even more intriguing is that artificial intelligence already has its favorite in the men’s category.
Artificial intelligence algorithms and models have analyzed data, statistics and player performance, and many of them agree that Messi is the leading candidate to win the award.
Last December Messi achieved one of the greatest achievements of his career by winning the World Cup in Qatar.
It seemed to be the last chance for the Argentine star to achieve it and he was able to win the title, the one that was missing in his impressive list of honors.
That success makes him a favorite for the Ballon d’Or, despite the fact that his last months with PSG were not the best, before his departure to Inter Miami.
Who could win the Ballon d’Or?
Although Messi is the favorite for the trophy, behind him is Erling Haaland, who had a brilliant year with 52 goals in 53 games, many of them very important for Manchester City‘s conquest of the Premier League and the Champions League, although the Norwegian and his national team were not at the World Cup.
Other favorites for the Ballon d’Or are Kylian Mbappe, Mohamed Salah, Kevin de Bruyne and Vinicius Jr, but it would be a surprise if Messi or Haaland do not win the award.