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Ballon d'Or 2023: Messi's Eighth Win Over Haaland


Football  •  31 Oct, 2023  •  3,601 Views  •  ⭐ 4.5

Written by Anand Swami


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The world of football was once again illuminated by the brilliance of Lionel Messi, who achieved the almost unimaginable feat of winning his eighth Ballon d'Or title. This year, it wasn't just about his commendable journey with Inter Miami CF; it was more about his crowning glory - leading Argentina to World Cup success. This achievement not only cements his place among football's elite but also etches his name deeper into the very soul of the sport, resonating with fans and players across generations.

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Messi's Golden Journey

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Lionel Messi, at 36, clinched the Ballon d'Or for an unparalleled eighth time, initially winning it in 2009. His journey with teams such as Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain has been remarkable. Inter Miami CF, his current club, saw Messi become the first MLS-based player to claim this prestigious accolade. His Ballon d'Or victories, starting in 2009 and spanning years like 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019, and 2021, truly set him apart.

World Cup Triumph

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Argentina's victory at the World Cup last year was pivotal in Messi's Ballon d'Or win. The nation celebrated after a 36-year hiatus, with Messi leading the charge. As the captain, he not only scored seven goals but also assisted in three, rightfully being named the Player of the Tournament. His crucial goals in the final and during the penalty shootout against France further solidified his impact.

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MLS Magic with Inter Miami

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After transferring to MLS franchise Inter Miami CF, Messi's brilliance on the field remained undiminished. With 11 goals in just 14 matches, he was crucial in the team clinching the Leagues Cup, their first-ever silverware. However, Messi faced some challenges, missing a few games due to injury, impacting the team's push for the playoff spot.

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