Leo Messi is unmatched, unrepeatable, and unachievable. After lifting the World Cup in Qatar last December, the Argentine icon added to his fame by winning his eighth Ballon d’Or from David Beckham.
Fourteen years after winning his first Ballon d’Or at 22, Messi, now 36 and a father of three, proved that no one can follow in his footsteps, even at his age. Another player is retired or plays lower-level football. Despite choosing the MLS, Messi leads his team.
Nobody disputes that Leo Messi, trained at La Masia and won six golden trophies with FC Barcelona, is the best of all time. The football world again surrendered to a golden footballer at the Theater du Chatelet, near the renovated Notre Dame Cathedral. Two years after his last win, Messi won his eighth Ballon d’Or (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019, 2021, and 2023) in the presence of Earling Haaland, who wanted to win his triplet, and Manchester City and Madrid player Jude Bellingham, who won the Kopa trophy as the best Under-21 player. Messi, accompanied by his family, must find room for this new Ballon d’Or in his Castelldefels home museum.
Messi celebrated his award with his family and a nice expedition from Barça, his life and career squad. Aitana Bonmatí, Gündogan, Balde, Ter Stegen, and the Barça Women team, including coach Jonatan Giráldez, players Patri Guijarro, Mapi León, Salma, Rólfo, Marta Torrejón, and Joan Laporta, were among the winners of the Women’s Ballon d’Or.