Lionel Messi Earns Eighth Ballon d’Or Award, Aitana Bonmatí Wins for Women’s Soccer
Lionel Messi has once again proven his dominance in the world of soccer by clinching his eighth Ballon d’Or award. The Argentine GOAT was heavily favored to win, and he did not disappoint, extending his record-setting achievement. This victory comes in what is widely believed to be his final year of eligibility due to his recent move to Inter Miami in the MLS, a decision that will bar him from future nominations for the prestigious award.
During the awards ceremony at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, Messi was presented with the trophy by his boss, former English soccer phenom David Beckham, who co-owns Inter Miami. This Ballon d’Or victory comes after a season of exceptional success for Messi, during which he helped Paris Saint Germain secure the Ligue 1 title and the Trophées des Champions, and played a pivotal role in leading Argentina to victory in the FIFA World Cup.
Despite fierce competition from notable players like Erling Haaland and Jude Bellingham, Messi’s exceptional performances throughout the season made him the clear favorite for the award. His closest competitor, Cristiano Ronaldo, who has five Ballon d’Or awards to his name, is unlikely to catch up, especially if he follows through with his plans to retire in 2026.
In the realm of women’s soccer, Spain’s Aitana Bonmatí emerged as the winner of the Ballon d’Or. Her remarkable contributions, both at the international level with Spain’s Women’s World Cup triumph and domestically with FC Barcelona, earned her the title. Bonmatí’s impact was felt both on the international stage, where she played a crucial role in Spain’s World Cup win, and domestically, as she helped Barcelona secure a double triumph in the Women’s Champions League and the Liga F title.
Overall, the night was a celebration of the incredible talents and achievements of these two soccer stars, as they continue to make history in the world of soccer.