Messi wins record eighth Ballon d’Or for best player in the world

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Lionel Messi, the captain of Argentina, defeated Erling Haaland of Manchester City, the winner of the triple and the UEFA Player of the Year from Norway, to claim the coveted Ballon d’Or, marking his record eighth triumph in the competition.

Messi of Inter Miami, who last took home the trophy in 2021, was a crucial figure in helping Argentina defeat France in the World Cup final last year and win their first championship in 36 years.

After winning the final three Ballons d’Or from rival Cristiano Ronaldo in 2017, the 36-year-old currently leads Ronaldo by three titles. With five second-place finishes, Messi has now placed in the top three a record 14 times overall.

“I never would have imagined pursuing a job like mine. All that I have accomplished The luck I’ve had to play for the greatest team in history and the greatest team in the world Winning these unique prizes is a pleasant feeling. It’s incredible that Messi was able to win both the Copa America and the World Cup,” he stated.

“All of them (Ballon d’Or awards) are special for different reasons,” he said.

“I’m happy to get that recognition that I’m getting thanks to what we have achieved with the national team,” Messi stated to Reuters.

“This (World Cup) title we had been aiming for for so many years makes it even more special.”

When asked whether he will continue until the World Cup in 2026, Messi replied, “I don’t think about it.” Day by day, I’ll appreciate (my career). In the United States, the Copa America will take place initially in 2024. I don’t give the World Cup any thought.”

Emiliano Martinez, Messi’s teammate who won the World Cup, took home the Lev Yashin trophy for best goalkeeper in the world.

Women’s World Cup champion Spain’s Aitana Bonmati, a midfielder for Barcelona, took home the Ballon d’Or.

She told reporters, “It’s an individual trophy, but it can’t exist without a team.”

Messi came in second behind Haaland at the UEFA Awards in August. Messi won his first Ballon d’Or in 2009 and won four consecutively until 2012.

After leading City to the Champions League, Premier League, and FA Cup last season with 52 goals in 53 games across all competitions, Haaland, 23, was one of the heavy favorites to win his first Ballon d’Or.

Messi, nevertheless, beat out the Norwegian striker for the prize because of Argentina’s incredible run at the World Cup in Qatar, where he won the Silver Boot (seven goals and three assists) and the Golden Ball for best overall player.

The World Cup was the only significant title Messi’s CV lacked as Argentina made up for losing to Germany in the 2014 final, and in March, he became just the third player in history to reach 100 goals for his country.

Before joining Inter Miami and helping the Major League Soccer team win the League Cup, their first major trophy, Messi also won the Ligue 1 championship with Paris St. Germain.

Jude Bellingham, a midfielder for Real Madrid and England, was named the Kopa Trophy winner for the finest Under-21 player. Vinicius Jr., Bellingham’s clubmate, received the Socrates Award for his charitable activity off the field.

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