Onana ranks 23rd in the 2023 Ballon d'Or

Tuesday 31 October 2023 09:32

Andre Onana finished 23rd in the voting for the 2023 Ballon d’Or, with the annual awards ceremony taking place in Paris on Monday evening.

The Manchester United goalkeeper, signed from Internazionale during the summer, was recognised for his performances for the Serie A club in 2022/23, with the Nerazzurri making it to the UEFA Champions League final for the first time since 2010.

Simone Inzaghi’s side also lifted the Coppa Italia and Onana made a big impact in his one and only season at San Siro, keeping 19 clean sheets in 41 appearances.

As well as ranking in the top 30 of the main award, Andre was also in the running for the Yashin Trophy, presented to the world’s best goalkeeper.

Our Cameroon international ended up coming sixth, with Aston Villa’s Emiliano Martinez taking the accolade following his performances for Argentina in last winter’s World Cup.

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There was another United representative who had interest in the men’s awards, as Rasmus Hojlund was on the 10-man shortlist for the Kopa Trophy – France Football's prize for the best player under the age of 21.

Hojlund finished joint-ninth in a star-studded list, as Jude Bellingham came out on top even without his red-hot recent form for Real Madrid being considered.

The Yashin and Kopa trophies were both decided by a jury of former Ballon d’Or winners, with the main prize based on votes from national-team coaches and players, plus journalists.

Lionel Messi won the Ballon d’Or for a record-extending eighth time.

The 36-year-old Inter Miami forward was recognised for his integral role in Argentina’s World Cup triumph, pipping Erling Haaland to the award.

Kylian Mbappe – scorer of a hat-trick in the World Cup final – came third and Manchester City pair Kevin De Bruyne and Rodri rounded out the top five.

In the equivalent women’s vote, the Ballon d'Or Feminin, United goalkeeper Mary Earps came fifth, having helped England to a historic Women’s World Cup final.