Messi “Thanks to playing for the best team in the world… Ballon d’Or is always a special award.”
2nd oldest recipient of all time… ‘I’ve announced my health, but will I be able to receive it again?’
Lionel Messi (Argentina), who won the Ballon d’Or trophy given to the world’s best soccer player for the eighth time in his career, said in a humble acceptance speech,
“Thanks to playing for the best team in the world.”
Messi was selected as the winner in the male player category at the 2023 Ballon d’Or awards ceremony held in Paris, France on the 31st (Korean time).
With this, Messi received this award again after two years in 2021 and showed off his health. 온라인카지노
Messi, born in 1987, broke his own record for the most awards by winning the Ballon d’Or a total of eight times since receiving it for the first time in 2009.
Second place in this category is Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), who won the award five times.
After receiving this award, Messi said, “I never imagined that I could achieve these achievements during my career as a player,”
“I owe it to playing for the best team in the world, a team that will go down in history.”
He said, “I am very happy to win the World Cup and Copa America,
to receive individual awards like this,” and added, “Every time I receive the Ballon d’Or,
it is always a special award.”
Messi led Argentina to victory at last year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar, and led his team,
Paris Saint-Germain, to the top of the league last season, and was early mentioned as a candidate for this year’s Ballon d’Or.
Last August, he finished second behind Erling Haaland (Norway) in the UEFA Player of the Year award,
but was recognized for his achievements in winning the World Cup and moving to Major League Soccer in the U.S.,
leading Inter Miami to the top of the League Cup for two years.
Won the Ballon d’Or for the first time in a while.
Messi, who won the Ballon d’Or at the age of 36, also set the record for being the second-oldest player ever.
In last year’s Ballon d’Or vote, Messi and Ronaldo were excluded from first to third place for the first time in 16 years,
leading to predictions that ‘the era of Messi and Ronaldo is over.’
However, just one year later, Messi once again won the Ballon d’Or,
putting an end to the assessment at the time that it was the ‘end of the Lionel Messi and Ronaldo era.’
However, paradoxically, there is a possibility that Messi’s Ballon d’Or win will truly be the ‘end of the Messi-Ronaldo era.’