Lionel Messi is set to secure his 8th Ballon d’Or later this month, following the revelation of the 2023 award winners for both male and female categories. The news of his impending triumph comes on the heels of his spectacular achievements over the past year.
In 2022, the 36-year-old football legend played an instrumental role in leading Argentina to a historic World Cup victory in Qatar, cementing his status as one of the greatest players in the sport’s history.
After leaving his long-time club, Barcelona, and having a brief stint with Paris Saint-Germain, Messi made headlines once more by joining Inter Miami in July. His arrival in Major League Soccer (MLS) quickly ignited excitement among fans as he delivered a series of breathtaking performances.
Reports from Spanish media outlet SPORT indicate that Lionel Messi will be honored with his eighth Ballon d’Or, surpassing formidable competitors like Manchester City’s Erling Haaland. Haaland played a pivotal role in his club’s remarkable treble-winning season. Another prominent contender was Kylian Mbappe, who clinched the Golden Boot at the World Cup, guiding France to the final match in Qatar. During that intense showdown, Mbappe scored a memorable hat-trick against Argentina, though his team ultimately lost the trophy to their rivals in a penalty shootout.
In addition to Messi’s well-deserved recognition, the report highlights the success of Barcelona midfielder Aitana Bonmati, who secured her first-ever Ballon d’Or Féminin prize. Her achievements were underpinned by Spain’s triumph at the Women’s World Cup. Similar to Messi, Bonmati also received the Golden Ball at this year’s Women’s World Cup. Moreover, the 25-year-old athlete celebrated victories in the Champions League and the Primera División with her team, La Blaugrana.
These exciting developments have sparked enthusiasm among football enthusiasts worldwide, and fans eagerly anticipate the official announcement of the Ballon d’Or winners later this month.