Messi’s Ballon d’Or belongs to Maradona and all of Argentina. Messi broke his own record. The Argentine superstar won the Ballon d’Or for the eighth time. He won the 2023 Ballon d’Or behind Arling Holland and Kylian Mbappe. The night Messi won the Ballon was even more special for another reason. The day was his predecessor Diego Maradona’s birthday.
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Messi’s arrival in Argentinian football was marked by the ‘new Maradona’ tag. However, with time, he has established himself in history as not another Maradona, but as Lionel Messi. Everything that can be won in club football has already been won. He had already fueled the debate of the best of all time. All that was needed was formal recognition. I want the World Cup to sit in the row of Pele-Maradona.
Messi found that elixir in Qatar World Cup. 36 years after Maradona’s 30th World Cup, Messi has brought home the third World Cup title for Argentina. Scored 7 goals on the way to win the World Cup. There were also a pair of goals against France in the final. All in all, the Qatar World Cup was a mess. The Golden Ball of the best player also went to him.
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However, Maradona could not see this success of Messi. He crossed over to the land of no return on November 25, 2020. After that, Messi has had one success after another in Argentina’s jersey. Starting with the Copa America. Then the World Cup. He also won the second League One title for PSG in the World Cup year.
The Ballon d’Or is also in the hands of Messi as expected. Messi remembered Maradona after winning the award for the eighth time at the Chalé Theater in Paris. Happy birthday to the legend.
Messi said, ‘Remembering the name of Diego (Maradona). Everyone here loves football just like Diego. There is no better platform to wish him a happy birthday. Happy birthday wherever you are. This (Ballon d’Or) is for you. I want to share this award with you and all Argentines.’