In a spectacle of football brilliance, Lionel Messi, the star of Inter Miami, triumphed with his historic eighth Ballon d’Or win. This year’s announcement saw Messi surpassing his competitors, Erling Haaland of Manchester City and Kylian Mbappe of PSG.
Messi’s remarkable journey to his eighth Ballon d’Or began in 2009 and continued with victories in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019, and 2021, further solidifying his legacy as one of football’s all-time greats.
The 36-year-old’s latest achievement is largely attributed to his exceptional performance with the Argentinian national team during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. In an electrifying final, Argentina emerged victorious over France, leaving an indelible mark on Messi’s illustrious career.
Erling Haaland, who impressively netted 52 goals in the previous season, playing a pivotal role in Manchester City’s triumphant 2022/2023 campaign, secured the second place in the Ballon d’Or rankings. Recognizing his extraordinary skills, Haaland also received the Gerd Muller Trophy, celebrating the year’s best striker.
Notably, Emiliano Martinez, Argentina’s goalkeeper and Messi’s compatriot, was honored with the Yashin Trophy, a testament to his status as the world’s premier goalkeeper.
Jude Bellingham, the talented midfielder from Real Madrid, was awarded the Kopa Trophy, solidifying his reputation as the world’s finest U-21 footballer, showcasing his rising star in the world of football.”