Lionel Messi has clinched his eighth Ballon d’Or, marking an unprecedented milestone as the first non-European player to achieve this prestigious award.
Messi, 36, received confirmation of his triumph ahead of the official ceremony scheduled for Monday, October 30, in the heart of Paris.
A defining moment in Messi’s illustrious career came when he steered Argentina to World Cup glory in Qatar last year.
His exceptional leadership and unparalleled skills on the field propelled his national team to victory, solidifying his status as one of the greatest footballers of all time.
Following his triumphant World Cup campaign, the former Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain sensation embarked on a new chapter in his career, signing with Inter Miami in July.
Messi’s arrival in Major League Soccer (MLS) sent shockwaves through the football world as he immediately dazzled fans with a series of mesmerizing performances.
Messi’s imminent Ballon d’Or victory holds profound significance.
For the first time in the history of the award, it will be bestowed upon a player competing outside of Europe.
This achievement positions Messi three Ballon d’Or titles ahead of his eternal rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, further cementing his legacy.
Despite fierce competition from stellar talents like Manchester City striker Erling Haaland and former PSG teammate Kylian Mbappe, Messi’s triumph is attributed to his extraordinary contributions during the World Cup in Qatar.
His heroic displays left an indelible mark on the tournament and underscored his enduring excellence.
In addition to Messi’s victory, Sport also reports that Barcelona midfielder Aitana Bonmati will be celebrated as the Women’s Ballon d’Or winner at the Chatelet Theater.
Aitana Bonmati achieved this remarkable accolade after leading Spain to victory in the Women’s World Cup, where they triumphed over England in a dramatic final held in August.
This historic Ballon d’Or ceremony marks a turning point in the world of football, celebrating the brilliance of players both within and outside Europe.
Lionel Messi’s eighth Ballon d’Or win and Aitana Bonmati’s recognition exemplify the extraordinary talent that continues to shape the beautiful game.