Star footballer Lionel Messi won his record-breaking eighth Ballon d’Or at the award ceremony in Paris last night. The 36-year-old was honored for leading the Argentinian team as captain to the 2022 Fifa World Cup victory in Qatar last year.
Messi succeeds Karim Benzema as the winner of the highly regarded prize which recognizes the best footballer of the year and is voted for by 100 journalists from around the world. The second place in the voting was given to Manchester City forward Erling Haaland, while Kylian Mbappé finished third, and Kevin de Bruyne came in fourth place.
Alongside the World Cup win, the footballer also played a major role in helping Inter Miami win its first trophy, the Leagues Cup, by scoring 11 goals in 14 appearances for the Major League Soccer side. “This Ballon d’Or is a great gift for all of Argentina. I don’t want to forget Haaland or Mbappé, who had a great year, spectacular, and in the coming years, they will win this award,” Messi said after the trophy was presented to him by English footballer David Beckham.
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He added, “The level [of competition] never decreases, I have been lucky to be here for many years. I want to provide a special mention to all those people who were happy that Argentina became world champions. Thanks also to all my family, my wife, and my children, for being there in the worst moments, and they have helped me fulfill my dreams in football. Without you, it would not have been possible.”
For the special occasion, Messi was dressed in a custom single-breasted tuxedo by Louis Vuitton, paired with the fashion house’s new Tambour watch in 18k yellow gold.