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Ballon d’Or 2023: Messi’s Magnificent Eighth Win Secures His Place in History

Hand holding the iconic football trophy against a clear blue sky, symbolising the pinnacle of achievement in Ballon d'Or 2023.

 

The Prestige of Ballon d’Or

The 2023 Ballon d’Or, hosted by France Football magazine, was a historical event marking the 67th annual ceremony. Unlike previous years, this award was given based on the results of the 2022–23 season, spanning from 1 August 2022 to 31 July 2023. With the nominees announced on 6 September 2023, the world eagerly awaited the ceremony which took place on 30 October.

 

2023 Ceremony Highlights

The Ballon d’Or is more than just an award; it’s the pinnacle of a footballer’s career, a testament to their skill, dedication, and impact on the world of football. This year, Lionel Messi secured his place in history, claiming the Ballon d’Or for an unprecedented eighth time. The ceremony, held in Paris, saw Messi standing tall amongst his peers, solidifying his legacy as one of the greatest footballers of all time.

 

Messi’s Journey to His Eighth Title

Messi’s victory was no small feat. In the 2022-23 season, Messi led Argentina to victory in the World Cup, claiming the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player. His stellar performance, combined with a Ligue 1 title with Paris Saint-Germain, left no doubt in the minds of voters that Messi was the deserving winner.

 

Key Moments from the 2022-23 Season

Beating out competition from the likes of Erling Haaland and former teammate Kylian Mbappe in the Ballon d’Or 2023 race, Messi has once again proven why he is in a league of his own.

 

Messi vs. the Competition

The ceremony was filled with memorable moments, from former Manchester United player and Inter Miami co-owner David Beckham presenting Messi with his award, to Messi’s heartfelt tribute to Diego Maradona.

 

Other Notable Winners of the Night

It was a night that celebrated not just the winners, but the beautiful game itself. Other notable winners included Barcelona and Spain midfielder Aitana Bonmatí who took home the Ballon d’Or Féminin after a record-breaking year with club and country.

 

A Tribute to Diego Maradona

During his acceptance speech, Messi made a point of wishing Argentina countryman Diego Maradona happy birthday. “My last mention is for Diego [Maradona],” Messi said. “Today is his birthday. So I would like to remember him from here, surrounded by the best players, coaches and people who love football like he did. Wherever you are, Diego, happy birthday. This goes also to you.”

 

Messi’s Legacy in the World of Football

Even prior to Monday’s ceremony in Paris, no player had won the Ballon d’Or more times than Messi, who first won it in 2009 and then again in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019, and 2021. His legacy in the world of football is unparalleled, a testament to his unparalleled skill, dedication, and impact on the beautiful game.