Interpretation: Who can win the FIFA annual award? Messi is difficult to defend the title! Haaland has little suspense about winning the first prize
FIFA officially announced that the 2023 Best of the Year award ceremony will be held on January 15 next year, so who will win the most important "Player of the Year", that is, "World Footballer of the Year"?
The 2023 FIFA Player of the Year selection is based on the performance from December 19, 2022 to August 20, 2023, and does not take into account the Qatar World Cup. The selection criteria are the player's "sporting performance and behaviour on and off the pitch"
In September this year, FIFA has announced a 12-man shortlist: Mbappe, Messi, Haaland, Alvarez, Brozovic, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Rodri, Kvaratskhelia, Osimhen, Rice, and B.
It is worth mentioning that the FIFA voting consists of a total of four parts, including the coach and captain of the national team, as well as journalists and fans from all over the world.
Who will win the award
The main contenders for the FIFA Ballon of the Year, like the Ballon d'Or, are Messi, Haaland, and Mbappe.
From December 19, 2022 to August 20 this year, Haaland has the most honors, winning the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, and European Super Cup, and winning the Premier League Golden Boot, Champions League Golden Boot and European Golden Boot Award.
Messi is next to Ligue 1 champions (Paris Saint-Germain), CONCACAF Cup winners (Inter Miami), winner of Ligue 1 assists and CONCACAF Cup Golden Boot.
Mbappe is relatively the worst, with only the Ligue 1 title and the Ligue 1 Golden Boot.
Judging from personal data, Haaland has 30 goals and 7 assists, participated in 37 goals, the most goals, and the number of assists is also tied for the most. Mbappe has 27 goals and 5 assists, and has been involved in 32 goals, while Messi has 24 goals and 7 assists, the least of 31 goals.
All things considered, Haaland's chances of winning the award for the first time are already very high, just as it was when he won the UEFA Man of the Year award.
Messi is the 2022 FIFA Player of the Year, and he won the 2022 World Cup at that time, but the 2023 selection no longer considers the World Cup (this year's Golden Ball Award is still considered), so it is difficult for him to compete with Haaland only by relying on the Champions League round of 16 and the CONCACAF Cup, and the only advantage is "audience popularity", after all, among the four members of the vote, the football king has a huge number of fans.
As for Mbappe, the advantage of scoring a hat-trick in the World Cup final has also been lost, and it is difficult to compete with Haaland only by relying on the Ligue 1 title, so I am afraid that he will continue to lag behind in terms of personal glory in the new double.