In a historic moment, Lionel Messi secured his eighth Ballon d’Or award this year, making him the most decorated player in the award’s history. The Argentinian superstar’s remarkable achievement was overshadowed by Erling Haaland, the Norwegian talent who surpassed Messi’s record. Aitana Bonmati, a Spanish midfielder, was crowned the best female player, all thanks to her outstanding performances both at Barcelona and on the international stage.Messi’s latest Ballon d’Or victory also marked his status as the oldest player to receive the coveted honor. His success was largely attributed to his pivotal role in leading Argentina to victory in the 2022 World Cup held in Qatar. In the past season, Messi showcased his brilliance, scoring 41 goals and providing 26 assists.
Even though a 30-member nomination list had been unveiled earlier, it was Messi and Haaland who emerged as the frontrunners for the award. In a separate recognition, England’s Jude Bellingham was named the best young player, surpassing Jamal Musyala. The top men’s club was Manchester City, while the women’s club title was claimed by Barcelona F.C.Argentinian goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was awarded the Lev Yashin trophy for the best goalkeeper, while Vinicius Junior received the Socrates Award and Erling Haaland clinched the Gerd Müller Trophy for Best Striker.Messi’s latest Ballon d’Or win was primarily a tribute to his exceptional performance during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. His previous Ballon d’Or triumphs occurred in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019, and 2021, with five second-place finishes along the way. Messi proudly holds the distinction of being the sole Argentinian player to have ever claimed the Ballon d’Or.”