File picture of Argentina soccer workforce star Lionel Messi© X (previously Twitter)
Lionel Messi gained the Ballon d’Or for the eighth time in his profession at a star-studded ceremony in Paris on Monday. Messi, 36, succeeds Karim Benzema as winner of the prize, awarded for his performances final season, when he impressed Argentina to glory on the World Cup. It was his shows in Qatar, when Messi dragged his nation to a victory that topped his exceptional profession, that allowed Messi to see off stiff competitors from Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland specifically. Haaland got here second within the ultimate voting, with Mbappe third and Kevin De Bruyne in fourth place.
Former Barcelona celebrity Messi scored seven occasions on the World Cup and was named the event’s greatest participant after Argentina beat France on penalties within the ultimate in Doha.
LIONEL MESSI IS THE 2023 MEN’S BALLON D’OR!
— Ballon d’Or #ballondor (@ballondor) October 30, 2023
But Messi, who gained his first Ballon d’Or in 2009, additionally had an underwhelming ultimate season at Paris Saint-Germain, earlier than leaving to play for Inter Miami in Main League Soccer.
His previous PSG teammate Mbappe made his case together with his exceptional performances on the World Cup, which he completed as the highest scorer on eight objectives after netting a hat-trick within the ultimate for France.
Norway striker Haaland scored an unbelievable 52 objectives in 53 video games for Manchester Metropolis as Pep Guardiola’s facet gained the treble of English Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League.
He and De Bruyne have been amongst members of that Metropolis workforce who have been nominated.