Lionel Messi, the captain of Argentina, has made history by winning his record-breaking eighth Ballon d’Or for the best player in the world.
The award ceremony took place in Paris, France, where Messi emerged victorious over Erling Haaland of Manchester City and Kylian Mbappe of Paris St Germain.
This remarkable achievement makes Messi the first MLS-based player to win eight Ballon d’Or titles.
Messi’s exceptional performance played a pivotal role in leading Argentina to their first World Cup victory in 36 years in Qatar last season.
In addition, Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen and Asisat Oshoala also made history for Nigeria and Africa by securing the 8th and 20th positions, respectively, in the 2023 Men and Women’s Ballon d’Or rankings.
Oshoala’s 20th place ranking in the Women’s Ballon d’Or is a significant milestone for Africa, and she received congratulations from the Super Falcons’ official handle.
During his acceptance speech, Messi expressed his gratitude for his career and the opportunities he has had to play for the best team in the world.
He also emphasized the importance of winning the Copa America and the World Cup, stating that each of his Ballon d’Or awards holds a special place in his heart.
This article was updated 4 weeks ago