Lionel Messi wins his 8th Ballon d’or. The Ballon D’Or is an annual football award given by French news magazine” France Football” since 1956.It is now presented as FIFA World player of the year. Ballon D’Or is now considered to be the most prestigious and valuable winning individual award. The 67th Ballon d’Or occured at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris on October 31. Erling Haaland who was in contest with Messi for this prestigious award.
List of awards won by Lionel Messi
Messi is a prolific goal scorer as well as a creative playmaker. He holds the record for most goals in La Liga of 474 goals along with 36 hat tricks. Barcelona won the inaugural of La Liga. UEFA Champions League is the most prestigious club football league. Lionel Messi won it for 8 times. He has the most assists for a player in La Liga which is 192 times. Lionel also has the most international goals by a South American male which is 106. The most successful player who won the Copa America Cup for 17 times. A player of such caliber is considered to be one of the greatest players of all time.
No other player in footballing history has such record of winning so many titles consistently. Argentina won their third world cup under the leadership of Messi. One of the most popular and successful players shuts down journalists when they question him about his retirement.
Footballing career of considerably the greatest player of all time
Lionel Andres Messi born on 24th June 1987 is an Argentine professional footballer. He plays as a forward and captain for Major League Soccer Club Inter Miami and Argentine national team. Andres also bags the record of winning the maximum number of European Golden Shoe award and seven Copa Del Rey title. Messi spent his entire professional football career in Barcelona. The youngest player of Barcelona to make a debut on October 2004.
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Lionel took only three years to establish himself as the integral part of the club. Barcelona won their first treble under the leadership of Lionel Messi. The first player in history to win Ballon D’Or at just 22 years of age. Three successful seasons followed Messi winning four consecutive Ballons d’Or. Lionel is the first player in history to have won the award for 4 consecutive times.
An Argentine international who has the most appearances for his country. Messi is also the leading goal scorer for Argentina. The youngest Argentine to play and score in the World Cup Messi has broken many stereotypes. A left footed player with unmatchable ball control and fast dribbling. Barcelona scouted this talent and gave him a Rs. 7.8 million deal in the year 2009. Messi scored his 644th goal for Barcelona against Real Valladolid in La Liga. He surpassed Pelé with the most goals scored for a single club.