Lionel Messi is once again stealing the sports spotlight, and this time, the expectation is that he will clinch his eighth Ballon d’Or. Messi’s nomination for the 2023 Best Male Soccer Player in the World isn’t just a routine thing; it’s a grand celebration of his incredible career and his remarkable journey in the United States with Inter Miami CF.
Messi, who was all about FC Barcelona for the longest time, already has seven Ballon d’Or trophies in his collection. But now, he’s on a mission to nab the eighth one, which would put him in a league of his own because no one in soccer history has ever grabbed that award so many times.
Lionel Messi, along with his old pals Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets, has been putting on a dazzling show since he landed in Major League Soccer (MLS). With 11 goals and 8 assists in just 11 games across all competitions, he’s not only helped the team snag their first trophy but also booked a ticket to the Concacaf Champions League in 2024.
Inter Miami CF is all set to host the US Open Cup final in September and is gunning for the playoffs in the 2023 Audi MLS Cup. Lionel Messi’s presence on the team has not just cranked up Inter Miami’s game but has also shown the world that the American League can pull in and keep top-tier talent.
Lionel Messi’s journey to the Ballon d’Or is a saga of its own. Being nominated 16 times is like a badge of honor for his jaw-dropping consistency and sheer brilliance over the years. If he nabs it again, it won’t just be another feather in his cap but also a high-five for MLS, making Messi the first active player in the American league to walk away with the coveted prize.
The stage is all set for a nail-biting award ceremony on October 30th in Paris, and soccer fanatics worldwide are practically on the edge of their seats, waiting to see if Messi can truly grab that eighth Ballon d’Or.
No matter how it pans out, his journey up until now, his smooth transition to American soccer, and his jaw-dropping performance are all living proof of Lionel Messi’s unmatched talent and his knack for continuously wowing and charming soccer buffs across the globe.