After winning the FIFA Best Men’s Player Award in 2022, Lionel Messi has once again bagged the title in 2023. In this year, he has also won the prestigious Ballon d’Or award for his impeccable performances on the football field.
Lionel Messi has edged past Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe to win this top prize. This ceremony took place in London on Monday and this was Messi’s third title. The Ballon d’Or award was his 8th award.
Notably, Lionel Messi is presently plying his trade for Major League Soccer (MLS) team, Inter Miami, and is the first person from this league to win the FIFA Best Men’s Player Award.
This award signifies the hard-work, grit and determination of the players and is a testament to their incredible footballing prowess on the footballing field.
After winning the FIFA World Cup 2022 for Argentina, Lionel Messi had also guided PSG to the Ligue 1 title in 2023. This was the cornerstone of his special performances in this year.
He was named in the team of the season of this league for having the maximum number of leagues and for scoring 16 goals. He had the same number of assists in Ligue 1 2022-23.
Lionel Messi had scored 1 goal and 2 assists for Inter Miami in the MLS in 2023. The talismanic striker was also making waves in international football in 2023.
He had scored his 100th international goal in March versus Curacao. It was a 7-0 steamroll against this side in this friendly game at the international level.
Notably, he became only the 3rd person in international football to cross 100 goals. The other 2 players are Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Iran’s Ali Daei.
“If I told you the things he does in training you wouldn’t believe me. He’s crazy. I told Leo that as long as he’s happy on the pitch, he should continue playing as long as he can. He showed us that there are no limits in football, and that is amazing,” said Lionel Scaloni, who is the Head Coach of the Argentina football team.
Aitana Bonmati wins the FIFA Best Women’s Player Award 2023
Aitana Bonmati bagged the FIFA Best Women’s Player Award 2023 for her outstanding performances for the Spain national football team. The striker played an instrumental role in guiding Spain to a victory in the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, which took place in Australia and New Zealand.
She had netted 3 goals in 7 matches and was one of the vital cogs in the wheels of the Spain football team. Bonmati plays for Barcelona and scored 9 goals in 23 matches in the previous season.
In the ongoing season, Aitana Bonmati has scored 6 goals in 13 matches.