Golden Legacy - Messis Eighth Ballon dOr Victory and World Cup Masterclass
The 36-year-old Argentine football maestro clinched this prestigious award after leading Argentina to a triumphant victory in the World Cup last year. Messi's achievement marks a remarkable milestone in football history, as he becomes the first MLS-based player to claim this coveted prize.
Messi's incredible success with his national team in Qatar served as the catalyst for this historic triumph. The Ballon d'Or ceremony held in Paris saw former Manchester United player and Inter Miami co-owner David Beckham presenting Messi with the award, acknowledging his exceptional contributions on the global stage.
The Ballon d'Or, which recognizes the world's best player, pitted Messi against stiff competition, notably Manchester City's Erling Haaland, who secured the Gerd Muller Trophy for the best striker of the year after netting an impressive 52 goals during City's Treble-winning season in 2022-23.
In his acceptance speech, Messi expressed his gratitude, stating, "I couldn't imagine having the career that I've had. Everything that I've achieved... It's nice to win these individual trophies." He highlighted the significance of winning the Copa America and the World Cup, emphasizing the amazing feeling of achieving these feats.