The 67th edition of the France Football Ballon d’Or is here, and it’s a star-studded affair like never before. MandyNews.com brings you exclusive red carpet photos and all the glitz, glamour, and celebrity moments from the 2023 Ballon d’Or ceremony.
The Red Carpet Extravaganza
In addition to the prestigious Ballon d’Or, several other coveted trophies like the Yachine, Kopa, and Gerd Müller will find their rightful owners tonight at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.
Star-Studded Guest List
MandyNews.com got hold of the red carpet photos, and it’s a who’s who of the sports and entertainment world. Here’s a sneak peek of the arrivals:
Lionel Messi – The Football Maestro
The Argentinian Lionel Messi, now playing for Inter Miami, made a grand entrance. Messi is one of the frontrunners for this year’s Ballon d’Or, and he looked every bit the football legend he is.
Novak Djokovic – The Tennis Virtuoso
Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic graced the event, stating, “It’s a privilege to be here.” Djokovic has been in Paris, gearing up for the Rolex Paris Masters and even attended the Rugby World Cup final.
Kylian Mbappé – The French Sensation
Kylian Mbappé, the darling of French football, dazzled the red carpet. With his signature smile, he’s a top contender for the Ballon d’Or, alongside Messi and Erling Haaland.
Aitana Bonmati – Women’s Ballon d’Or Contender
Aitana Bonmati, a favorite for the 2023 Women’s Ballon d’Or, arrived with grace. The competition includes Samantha Kerr and Rachel Daly, making it a tight race.
Vinicius – Real Madrid’s Rising Star
Brazilian sensation Vinicius, who’s in the Top 10 for the Ballon d’Or, showcased his charisma on the red carpet. His remarkable season at Real Madrid has earned him a well-deserved spot.
Jude Bellingham – Young Talent on Display
Jude Bellingham, ranked 18th, also graced the event. He’s in the running for the Kopa Trophy, which honors the best young player globally.
Didier Deschamps and Company
Coach Didier Deschamps, along with his assistant Guy Stéphan, and Philippe Diallo, the president of the FFF, made their presence felt on the red carpet. Deschamps rightly called the Ballon d’Or the “greatest individual reward in a team sport.”
Emiliano Martinez – A Mixed Reception
Emiliano Martinez, ranked 15th, received a mixed reception. The goalkeeper, who shone during the World Cup final against France, had all eyes on him.
Eden Hazard – A Farewell Appearance
Eden Hazard, who recently announced his retirement at the age of 32, arrived with his family, marking a poignant moment in his career.
Erling Haaland – The Norwegian Sensation
Erling Haaland, one of the top favorites for the 2023 Ballon d’Or, made a classy entrance in a navy blue suit, epitomizing elegance.
The 2023 Ballon d’Or red carpet was a spectacle of elegance, charisma, and sportsmanship. Stay tuned for more updates on the awards ceremony itself. Who will clinch the coveted Ballon d’Or this year? The excitement is palpable.
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All Photos credits: (AUTISSIER JEAN BAPTISTE/The Team) and L’Équipe.
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