Lionel Messi has once again been named the best football player in the world. The Argentine obtained it from the specialized magazine France Football He won the Ballon d’Or in Paris for the eighth time (a record).
The 36-year-old veteran crowned his distinguished career with the World Cup title in Qatar last year. On the way to Argentina’s victory, Messi excelled by scoring 7 goals and making 3 assists in 7 matches. He also became a French champion with Paris Saint-Germain (16 goals, 16 assists in 32 matches). Messi is now active with Inter Miami in the Major League Soccer.
Ponmati inherits Putellas
In the women’s category, the trophy went to Aitana Bonmati. Like Messi, the attacking midfielder won the World Cup with Spain.
In club football, he won the Champions League, Championship and Spanish Super Cup treble with Barcelona. In total, the 25-year-old scored 19 goals and provided 21 assists. Bonmati follows her colleague and compatriot Alexia Putellas, who was honored in 2021 and 2022.
Prices also for Bellingham, Martinez and Haaland
In the secondary categories, the Englishman Jude Bellingham (best young player) and the Argentinian Emiliano Martinez (best goalkeeper) won two awards.
Manchester United’s treble-winning striker Erling Haaland received the Gerd Müller Trophy for top scorer for the first time thanks to his 56 goals.
SRF 2, Sportflash, October 30, 2023, 11:20pm; czü
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