The nominees for the 2023 Ballon d’Or award have been announced with Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland headlining the 30-man shortlist.
A few Bundesliga players have also made the cut, though their chances of winning the prestigious award are not high.
Below we look at the three Bundesliga’s 2023 Ballon d’Or nominees.
Harry Kane looked to be staying at Tottenham Hotspur after chairman Daniel Levy rejected several bids from Bayern Munich for the 30-year-old.
However, the Bavarians continued their chase and ultimately managed to land their top summer transfer target. The England international has made a spectacular start to life in Germany, netting three goals in three league outings.
Tottenham endured a disappointing 2022-23 season but Kane enjoyed an excellent form, scoring 30 goals in 38 Premier League appearances.
Musiala has just turned 20 but he has been a key part of the Bayern team over the last few years. The Germany international scored a dramatic winner against FC Koln on the final day of the season that saw Thomas Tuchel’s side pip Borussia Dortmund to the Bundesliga title.
The talented attacking midfielder posted 33 league appearances last term, netting 12 goals and registering 13 assists.
Kim Min-jae hit the ground running at Napoli after joining the club last summer from Fenerbahce. The South Korean was a key member in Luciano Spalletti’s Serie A winning team last season, with the 26-year-old making 35 league appearances.
Kim Min-jae also featured in nine Champions League as Napoli made it to the quarter-finals of the European competition. Several top European clubs were interested to sign the talented defender but Bayern beat off competition to acquire his services.