Lionel Messi has won an eighth Ballon d’Or, in a landmark moment in football as he aimed to further his extraordinary legacy as one of the sport’s greatest players. The Inter Miami and Argentina forward, who was at Paris Saint-Germain last season, captained Argentina to World Cup glory in Qatar, securing that the South American nation 36 years wait for a tournament win is over.
Not even 36 years of age, Messi has eclipsed everyone else in the history of the Ballon d’Or now with eight victories for the prestigious award, underlining his enduring brilliance and lasting influence on the game.
In 2023 the Argentine forward lifted the Ballon d’Or award for the eighth time, after captaining his country to 2022 World Cup triumph. Thanks to on a 3-3 extra-time thriller against France with two Messi goals, the second from a crucial penalty in the shootout and, of course, the Barcelona star went on to be named Player of the Match. La Albiceleste won the title the first time since 1986.
Messi’s Ballon d’Or rivals in 2023 for the 2022/23 gong included Manchester City’s Erling Haaland and former Paris Saint-Germain teammate Kylian Mbappe among other 26 players. Yet, his outstanding year in domestic and international competition set him apart.
At Paris Saint-Germain, Messi was instrumental in their league title victory where he played in 41 games, scored 21 goals and 20 assists. The Ligue 1 champions saw his impact and his consistency throughout the entire course of their campaign.
Messi proves again he’s a football icon with his eighth Ballon d’Or award on top of participating in Argentina’s win for the World Cup in 2022.