Argentina captain Lionel Messi received a record-breaking eighth Ballon d’Or for the very best participant on the planet on Monday, beating Norway’s UEFA Participant of the Yr and treble winner Erling Haaland of Manchester Metropolis for the distinguished award.
Inter Miami’s Messi, who final received the award in 2021, performed a vital position in guiding Argentina to their first World Cup title in 36 years as they defeated defending champions France within the remaining final yr.
The 36-year-old is now three Ballons d’Or forward of rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who received the final of his 5 trophies in 2017. Messi has now completed within the high three, a report 14 instances in whole, inserting him second in second place. 5 events.
“I could not think about having the profession I’ve had. Every part I’ve achieved. The fortune I’ve had taking part in for the very best crew on the planet, the very best crew in historical past. It is good to to win these particular person trophies. It is nice to win the Copa America after which the World Cup, to try this,” Messi mentioned.
“They’re all particular for various causes,” he added.
Earlier, Messi’s World Cup-winning teammate Emiliano Martinez received the Lev Yashin Award for the world’s finest goalkeeper. Spain’s Girls’s World Cup winner and Barcelona midfielder Aitana Bonmati received the Girls’s Ballon d’Or.
Messi, who received his first Ballon d’Or in 2009 and received 4 in a row till 2012, completed second behind Haaland on the UEFA awards in August.
Haaland, 23, was one of many sizzling favorites for his first Ballon d’Or after scoring 52 targets in 53 video games in all competitions final season as Metropolis received the Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup.
Erling Haaland of Manchester Metropolis after being offered with the Gerd Muller Award. | Photograph credit score: REUTERS
However Argentina’s magical efficiency on the World Cup in Qatar, the place Messi earned the Golden Ball for finest general participant and the Silver Boot (seven targets and three assists), helped propel the Norwegian striker to the prize.
The World Cup was the one main trophy lacking from Messi’s CV as Argentina made amends for his or her 2014 remaining loss to Germany, whereas in March he grew to become solely the third participant in historical past to attain 100 worldwide targets.
Messi additionally received the Ligue 1 title with Paris St Germain earlier than transferring to Inter Miami, the place he helped the Main League Soccer facet win the Leagues Cup – their first main trophy.
Jude Bellingham and Vinicius Junior of Actual Madrid | Photograph credit score: REUTERS
Actual Madrid and England midfielder Jude Bellingham received the Kopa Trophy for the very best participant beneath 21, whereas teammate Vinicius Jr. acquired the Socrates Award for his humanitarian work off the sphere.
The ladies’s Ballon d’Or victory is a testomony to Spanish soccer tradition, says Bonmati
FC Barcelona’s Aitana Bonmati after profitable the Girls’s Ballon d’Or | Photograph credit score: REUTERS
Successful the ladies’s Ballon d’Or is a testomony to Spanish soccer tradition, this yr’s winner Aitana Bonmati mentioned after her triumph stored the trophy within the nation for the third yr in a row on Monday.
Bonmati, Champions League winner with Barcelona and World Cup winner with Spain, succeeds compatriot Alexia Putellas, who was additionally the 2021 winner.
“Spain has one thing distinctive. In recent times we’ve got achieved quite a bit with our golf equipment and the nationwide crew,” Bonmati instructed reporters.
“It says quite a bit that we’ve got received the Ballon d’Or thrice in a row. We’re a rustic the place soccer lives and we work arduous day by day to be the very best.”
Though she has now received the most important titles within the sport, Bonmati nonetheless has the spark and motivation to succeed in new heights.
‘I do not know in the event you’ve observed that I am nervous. I have not slept in just a few days. It’s distinctive and beneficial to be current on the large gala of world soccer,” mentioned the 25-year-old.
“I play for an enormous membership and for the nationwide crew. I’ve the very best gamers and coaches in each. With the membership we’ve got reached the Champions League remaining three years in a row, which is troublesome and says quite a bit concerning the mentality we’ve got.
“I’m assured… that we are going to win extra titles.