Lionel Messi, the striker of the American club “Inter Miami” and the Argentine national football team, was recognized as the best football player of 2023 according to the International Football Federation (FIFA). This was announced at The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony held on Monday in London. This is already the third such prize for Messi. He himself was not present at the ceremony, the French football player Thierry Henri, co-host of the evening, received the award for him.
The Argentinian forward beat the striker of the Norwegian national team and the English “Manchester City” Erling Holland, as well as the player of the French national team and the French club “Paris Saint-Germain” (PSG) Kylian Mbappe.
The choice of Messi came as a surprise to many observers, since Holland was considered the favorite, who scored the same number of points as the Argentine during the voting. But the victory was given to Messi because he received more first places from the captains of the national teams.
In October, 36-year-old Messi became the eight-time winner of the Golden Ball. No one has ever received this prestigious award, which is presented annually by France Football magazine, so many times.