Messi Clinches Eighth Ballon d’Or in Record Win

Messi Clinches Eighth Ballon d'Or in Record Win

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Lionel Messi Messi Clinches Eighth Ballon in 2023, attributed to his role in leading Argentina to a World Cup victory.

Messi won ahead of Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe. He expressed gratitude to his Argentina team, coach, and late legend Diego Maradona. 

Aitana Bonmati earned the women’s award for guiding Spain to a Women’s World Cup victory, along with domestic successes at Barcelona. 

Messi’s win marks the first time a Major League Soccer-based player received this recognition. 

In other categories, Jude Bellingham, Haaland, and Emiliano Martinez were honored. Vinicius Junior received the humanitarian prize for his efforts with underprivileged children.