Lionel Messi has secured his place in football history by winning the Ballon d’Or for a record-breaking eighth time. The Argentinian soccer star led his country to World Cup victory, scoring two goals in the final against France. Manchester City’s Erling Haaland came in second place for the men’s award, but it was a night of celebration for Pep Guardiola’s treble-winning team. Since leaving Paris St. Germain at the end of the last season, Messi has joined Inter Miami.
Messi was awarded the Ballon d’Or for his exceptional performance in Qatar. He received the award from David Beckham, who was the runner-up in the 1999 Ballon d’Or. Messi expressed his gratitude for achieving such a successful career, playing for the best team in the world and making history. He also won the Copa America and looks forward to winning the World Cup. Manchester City’s Erling Haaland came second in the men’s award, followed by Kylian Mbappe, who scored a hat-trick in the World Cup final. Other City players, including Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri, Julian Alvarez, and Bernardo Silva, dominated the top 10.
Aitana Bonmati, the midfielder for FC Barcelona and Spain’s national team, was awarded the 2023 Women’s Ballon d’Or after a successful season filled with trophies. The 25-year-old helped her club win both the league and Champions League titles before playing a crucial role in Spain’s World Cup victory, where she earned the Golden Ball award. Bonmati expressed her gratitude for her teammates and hoped for more success in the future. She surpassed Sam Kerr, a striker for Chelsea and Australia, who came in second place. Salma Paralluelo, Bonmati’s teammate from Spain and Barcelona, finished third. Mary Earps, the goalkeeper for Manchester United, and Rachel Daly of Aston Villa, both England Lionesses who made it to the World Cup final, also made it into the top ten.
Jude Bellingham, the talented young footballer from England, has added yet another trophy to his collection. He was recently named the winner of the Kopa Award – an honour given to the best player under the age of 21 in the world. Fans of Real Madrid and England will not be surprised by this news, as Bellingham has been making waves in the football world for some time now. Despite finishing 18th in the main award, Bellingham’s performance was impressive enough to earn him this well-deserved recognition. Meanwhile, other notable names such as Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka were also recognised for their outstanding performances this year. It’s clear that the future of football is in good hands with these talented young players leading the way.