October 31, 2023

THE GOAT | Lionel Messi


THE GOAT has completed FOOTBALL!

Lionel Messi has won his eighth Ballon d’Or trophy after leading Argentina to World Cup victory in 2022.

Because of a change in the voting criteria in 2022, the judging period now focuses on the previous season, in this case 2022/23, rather than the calendar year.

That change ensured Messi’s contribution in Qatar was decisive following a low-key end to his time at Paris Saint-Germain.

Messi is enjoying his new chapter at Inter Miami. However, it’s all his performances for Argentina that have earned him his first Ballon d’Or since 2021.

The 36-year-old is already the most successful player in the award’s history, but 2023 is almost certainly his last.

Ballon d’Or rules prohibit players registered to non-European clubs from being nominated during the entire assessed period, so Messi is likely to remain in the United States or return to Argentina.

His long-term goal is to play in the 2026 World Cup, but that will be contingent on his match fitness by the time the tournament arrives.

Lionel Messi AKA THE GOAT