Lionel Messi has clinched his eighth Ballon d’Or title, winning the men’s award at the 2023 ceremony following his outstanding season leading Argentina to World Cup glory.
The 36-year-old masterminded Argentina’s victory in Qatar, scoring twice during the final and finding the back of the net during a penalty shootout to help the team defeat 2018 winners France.
He also scored a whopping 32 goals in 55 games across all competitions for PSG, to help the side clinch the Ligue 1 title.
Messi was presented with the coveted award at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris by David Beckham, the co-owner of Inter Miami, where Messi is now playing.
“It’s nice to be here once more to enjoy this moment,” Messi said. “To be able to win the World Cup and achieve my dream.”
Messi beat some tough competition to claim first place, with Erling Haaland coming in second, Kylian Mbappe coming in third, and Kevin De Bruyne ranking fourth.
Aitana Bonmati Wins Women’s Ballon d’Or
Aitana Bonmati claimed the women’s Ballon d’Or, after helping to guide Spain to World Cup glory in the summer, where she was named the player of the tournament after her epic performances.
The Barcelona midfielder also helped her club side clinch their fourth successive Liga F title, while also winning the women’s Champions League this year – their second European title in the last three seasons.
“I’m very proud to win the Ballon d’Or,” Bonmati said. “Football is a collective sport so I’d like to extend this prize to my team-mates and staff.”
Other Notable Winners
- Erling Haaland (Gerd Muller Trophy for best striker)
- Thibaut Courtois (Yashin Trophy for best goalkeeper)
- Pedri (Kopa Trophy for best young player)
- Manchester City (Club of the Year)
Congratulations to all the winners!