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Lionel Messi wins 2023 Ballon d’Or

According to Sport, Lionel Messi has been named the 2023 Ballon d’Or winner.

According to a report from Sport, Messi has easily won the most coveted individual 2023 Ballon d’Or award in football since the ballots were tabulated.

It is Messi’s eighth Ballon d’Or triumph in his illustrious career.

The Ballon d’Or ceremony for 2023 will be held in Paris on October 30. The winner will then be declared in a formal manner.

Messi, who was named to the 30-man shortlist for the honor, is the clear favorite to take home the title.

Ballon d’Or shortlist

PlayerClub
Karim BenzemaAl-Ittihad
Josko GvardiolMan City
Jamal MusialaBayern
Andre OnanaMan Utd
Mohamed SalahLiverpool
Randal Kolo MuaniPSG
Jude BellinghamReal Madrid
Kevin de BruyneMan City
Bernardo SilvaMan City
Bukayo SakaArsenal
Khvicha KvaratskheliaNapoli
Nicolo BarellaInter
Emiliano MartinezAston Villa
Ruben DiasMan City
Erling HaalandMan City
Yassine BounouAl-Hilal
Martin OdegaardArsenal
Julian AlvarezMan City
Ilkay GundoganBarcelona
Vinicius JrReal Madrid
Lionel MessiInter Miami
RodriMan City
Lautaro MartinezInter
Antoine GriezmannAtletico Madrid
Robert LewandowskiBarcelona
Kim Min-jaeBayern
Luka ModricReal Madrid
Kylian MbappePSG
Victor OsimhenNapoli
Harry KaneBayern

The current holder of the Ballon d’Or is Karim Benzema.

Messi World Cup heroics

Messi is set to win the Ballon d’Or off the back of his heroics for Argentina at the 2022 World Cup last November and December.

The 36-year-old enjoyed a legendary World Cup as he led the Albiceleste to their first triumph in 36 years.

The veteran was the player of the tournament, taking home the Golden Ball after scoring seven goals and providing three assists on the road to glory.

He scored in every knockout round and struck twice in the final as Argentina beat France 4-2 on penalties after a 3-3 draw.

Messi also enjoyed an excellent 2022-23 season with PSG, scoring 21 goals in 41 games.

He moved to Inter Miami this past summer in the MLS and has already scored 11 goals in 13 games.

Lionel Messi scores a game-winner for Inter Miami

Lionel Messi’s debut in America lived up to the hype. And the world’s greatest soccer player made his presence known in the most electrifying of ways.

Messi scored on a free kick in the 94th minute of his Inter Miami debut, guiding his new MLS side to a 2-1 victory over Liga MX team Cruz Azul in Friday night’s Leagues Cup opening at DRV PNK Stadium.

Messi, the seasoned veteran and soccer superstar, was fouled in the final minute and rolled over on his stomach, holding his head. The foul was unmistakable.

The stage was set with several seconds left before the final whistles.

And Messi’s left boot – which led Argentina to a World Cup and won seven Ballons d’Or as the world’s best men’s soccer player – seized the moment.

“What I saw was the goal,” Messi said in Spanish on Apple TV+ immediately after the game.

“I saw the goal. I knew that I had to score. It was the last play of the game and I wanted to score so we didn’t go to penalties.”

Lionel Messi scores a game-winner for Inter Miami

Inter Miami has officially confirmed the signing of Lionel Messi as a free agent, following his departure from PSG.

The World Cup winner has long been linked with a move to Miami, and the club has now finalised the deal, offering supporters a glimpse of the former Barcelona icon in their distinctive pink strip.

Major League Soccer (MLS) has also issued a statement, praising the signing as a significant moment for the league.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber expressed his joy over Messi’s decision to join Inter Miami CF and Major League Soccer.

He stated, “We are overjoyed that the greatest player in the world chose Inter Miami CF and Major League Soccer, and his decision is a testament to the momentum and energy behind our league and our sport in North America. We have no doubt that Lionel will show the world that MLS can be a league of choice for the best players in the game. We look forward to seeing his debut for Inter Miami in our Leagues Cup tournament later this month.”

Messi himself shared his excitement about the move and his decision to join MLS. He stated, “I’m very excited to start this next step in my career with Inter Miami and in the United States. This is a fantastic opportunity, and together we will continue to build this beautiful project. The idea is to work together to achieve the objectives we set, and I’m very eager to start helping here in my new home.”

Messi is set to be officially presented at an event on Sunday, providing fans with the opportunity to witness the iconic player’s introduction to the club.

His debut for Inter Miami is scheduled for July 21 in the opening match of the Leagues Cup, where he will face Cruz Azul.

Lionel Messi

Unofficially, July 21 has been set aside for Lionel Messi’s MLS debut. The sporting director of the team has since stated that it cannot be confirmed.

Lionel Messi’s debut game for Inter Miami is still scheduled on July 21, although the club stopped short of guaranteeing that date on Thursday.

The paperwork for Messi and his new coach, Gerardo “Tata” Martino, is still being finalized, according to Sporting Director Chris Henderson. Messi is anticipated to join with the squad sometime in early July, and there are preparations for an introductory ceremony on July 16. Martino was announced by the team on Wednesday, but he cannot start coaching until his visa application is successful.

“With regard to Leo, the terms are agreed but we are working on the paperwork with Major League Soccer so those are going to take time to finish,” Henderson said. “But we hope that there is a time in mid-late July that he’s ready to go, but that’s just going to be up to how he finishes all the paperwork.”

Lionel Messi’s tentative debut tickets going for as much as $10k

In anticipation of Messi making his club debut on July 21, some tickets for the Leagues Cup match against Cruz Azul on the 21st are selling for more than $10,000 each on secondary markets. He declared his intention to join the MLS earlier this month.

After spending two years with Paris Saint-Germain, the seven-time winner of the Ballon d’Or, which is awarded yearly to the world’s finest player, made the decision to join MLS. Messi, who recently turned 36, led Argentina to the World Cup triumph in December, completing the one important unchecked box on his CV.

He is expected to make between $50 million and $60 million annually with Inter Miami, the club confirmed last week.

SOURCE: Ghnewslive.com

Lionel Messi has attained another marvelous accomplishment. This comes after photographs posted by him, following his nation’s triumph over France to lift the World Cup trophy on Sunday, December 18, 2022, turned into the most-liked post on Instagram, with 56.4 million likes.

Messi’s photo likes outperformed that of a post with Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, for a Louis Vuitton ad promo featuring the two football legends, which attracted 41.9 million likes in total.

The post from the World Cup victory is presently the most-liked throughout the entire existence of Instagram, after it bested a previous record post, involving an image of an egg.

A certain social media user, identified as Chris Godfrey, uploaded a photograph of an egg back in January 2019, and the shot eventually had 56.1 million likes, fully intent on surpassing the most liked Instagram post at the time, featuring an image of Kylie Jenner’s daughter, which had 18.6 million likes.

In other similar events, International megastar, David Adeleke, famously known as Davido, likewise joined the moving train of success, as he gained another achievement in his profession via Instagram.

Davido went super viral on social media, as his photos with his dear companion Chioma, at the Lusail Arena in Qatar on Monday, turned into the most-liked picture on Instagram in Nigeria, packing over 1.7 million likes.

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Lionel Messi recreates Maradona’s image

Lionel Messi and Argentina have had a very competitive final against France, with Kylian Mbappe scoring a hattrick. There are images that leave a mark on the history of the sport. Iconic snapshots that everyone dreams of imitating one day.

That happened with the photo of Diego Armando Maradona after the 1986 World Cup final in Mexico. It shows El Pelusa holding the World Cup in his hands as he’s carried out of the Azteca Stadium while on someone’s shoulders.

It looked as though this image would never be repeated, but that isn’t the case. Lionel Messi has finally managed to win a World Cup, just like his idol, and get his picture while being carried on someone’s shoulders. In Messi’s case, it was his great friend Kun Aguero who didn’t hesitate in grabbing Messi before carrying him all over the field.

Aguero is close to Messi. Both have shared a career in the youth ranks of the Argentina national team and the senior national team.

Kun has even shared a room with Messi this World Cup.

Credit: MARCA.com

Argentina Defeat France

Argentina Defeat France in the FIFA 2022 world cup

The 2022 FIFA World Cup competition, hosted in Qatar, came to a grand conclusion, as Argentina Defeat France, led by sensational football legend, Lionel Messi, who went down in history, by lifting the trophy for the first and last time in his entire career, along with his teammates, in an energetic display of joy and celebration.

The match between France and Argentina took an emotional turn, after the two teams played for the full 90 minutes, as well as extra time, which then led to penalty shootouts, as each side scored 3 goals toward the end of the extended thirty minutes of time, allotted during the match.

Messi, playing his last World Cup, scored twice; however, France’s Kylian Mbappe leveled the game with two goals, which made each team have two respective goals at the end of the full 90 minutes.

During the extra time period, the two teams each scored an additional goal, bringing their record to three goals.

Argentina
Lionel Messi and the Argentine team make history as they lift World Cup trophy at the just ended tournament in Qatar.

Nonetheless, Argentina, channelling their strength, zeal, energy, and momentum, won the battle quite colorfully, by totally besting the French side to win the trophy on penalty rounds, when France failed to convert two penalty kicks to their advantage.

In the end, it was Argentina, Lionel Messi, and the entire Argentine team, who successfully and massively prevailed in lifting the World Cup trophy for the third time in history, making this historic milestone, an undeniable win for Argentina, and also Messi, whose global reverence as the greatest footballer of all time, becomes irrefutably certified.

Congratulations to Argentina! Congratulations to Messi! Argentina wins 2022 World Cup!

SOURCE: Ghnewslive.com

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Neymar

Cristiano Ronaldo has only scored one goal for Portugal in the 2022 FIFA World Cup, compared to Lionel Messi’s three goals for Argentina. In terms of goals scored at the World Cup, Messi has one more than Ronaldo.

However, Neymar, who has yet to score a goal for Brazil in the 2022 world cup, has been likened to both players. Due to an ankle injury, the Brazilian attacker will miss his nation’s final two group stage contests.

The world of football has been ruled by Messi, Ronaldo, and Neymar. They are regarded as the top scorers who score the most frequently worldwide. Let’s look at their demographics at 30 years old.

At the age of 30, Ronaldo had 17 games more Messi and 61 games more than Neymar, but it is the Argentine striker who scored more goals and provided more assists than the other two players. At the age of 30, Messi already had 565 goals and 231 assists in over 700 games, while Ronaldo had 463 goals and 154 assists.

Neymar Junior didn’t score as much as Ronaldo, but he provided more assists than the Portuguese winger at the age of 30. The Paris Saint-Germain winger scored 401 goals and provided 226 assists in 657 games.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Neymar

As it stands now, Messi and Ronaldo are currently approaching the end of their career, while Neymar still have a couple of years to play at the top before he finally retires from playing. It is likely that Neymar Could reach 800 goals just like Ronaldo before he retires from football.

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi, a forward for Paris Saint-Germain, is expected to make a shock transfer to Inter Miami.

The MLS team is sure that Lionel Messi will formally switch teams as a free agent and become the highest-paid athlete in US soccer history. The 35-year-old, whose salary is reportedly around £1.2 million per week, would forego compensation at Inter, a team that is co-owned by former Real Madrid midfielder David Beckham.

He would, however, earn significantly more than any other player in American history.

Messi owns a property in Miami and is rumored to visit frequently on vacation.

The club is already looking for players who will fit Messi’s playing style, and former Barcelona teammates Luis Suarez and Cesc Fabregas are two names they are considering. Another former United player who currently manages Inter Miami is Phil Neville, who recently extended his contract.

In June 2023, Messi’s current contract with PSG will expire.

Who Is Lionel Messi?

Leo Messi, also known as Lionel Andrés Messi, is an Argentine professional football player who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and captains the Argentina national team. His Spanish name is Lionel Andrés Messi (pronunciation: ljonel andes mesi; born on June 24, 1987).

Messi, who is recognized as one of the best players of all time, has won a record seven Ballon d’Or awards,[note 2] a record six European Golden Shoes, and was selected for the Ballon d’Or Dream Team in 2020. 

He spent his entire professional career with Barcelona, retiring from the team in 2021 after winning a club-record 35 trophies there, including 10 La Liga championships, seven Copa del Rey championships, and four UEFA Champions Leagues.

The most goals in La Liga (474), the most goals in a La Liga and European league season (50), the most hat-tricks in La Liga (36) and the UEFA Champions League (8), and the most assists in La Liga (192), a La Liga season (21) and the Copa América belong to prolific goal scorer and talented playmaker Messi.

Additionally, he holds the record for the most goals scored outside of South America by a man (93). Messi has the most goals by a player for a single club with over 785 senior career goals for club and country.

SOURCE: Ghnewslive.com

The latest picture of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi together, which radiates complexity and greatness, has staggered football fans and fashion enthusiasts. The two opposing forces have teamed up to originate a picture that will be etched in history for all eternity.

All through their distinguished professions, the two have set themselves up as legends in their field of specialty. Top-notch football players Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi, are in the headlines for their iconic sense of fashion.

The renowned footballers were sighted in impeccable outfit collections, giving us a definitive style point as they promote the brand of Louis Vuitton. Messi, a seven-time winner of the Ballon d’Or, appeared sophisticated in a round neck pullover with his sleeves rolled up to show his tattoo.

Lionel Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo.

He complemented his style with fitting blue trousers. Cristiano Ronaldo, on the other hand, wore a black turtleneck long-sleeve pullover. He complemented his style with wonderfully fitted trousers for the historic photoshoot.

The two prime personalities, who have gone head to head against each other on previous occasions, seem focused on their game as they contended on a chess board designed as a suitcase with the Louis Vuitton logo.

Messi and Ronaldo gave their male admirers and fans, an overall view of haircut style for the holiday season, climaxed with the ongoing World Cup tournament, and new year with their wonderful looks. The amazing photograph was taken by expert photographer, Annie Leibovitz for the classy designer brand.

Numerous football fans have remarked on the photograph, as seen below;

therealfunnyface: THIS IS LEGENDARY !!

piques: Picture of a lifetime

realaar0n: Two goats with equal horns

drmiguelstanley: Woooooow!!! ❤️❤️ the best photo I’ve seen in a long time! Amazing @cristiano and @leomessi well done @annieleibovitz

georginagio: Iconic

433: Picture of the century

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