London, The Gulf Observer: Argentine football icon Lionel Messi has been bestowed with the prestigious title of the best men’s player of 2023, as declared by the International Association Football Federation (FIFA). The grand award ceremony, recognizing Messi’s exceptional contributions and stellar performance in the world of football, unfolded in the distinguished setting of London. This accolade not only underscores Messi’s individual brilliance but also celebrates his significant impact on the global football stage throughout the year.
Other contenders included Norway’s Erling Haaland and France’s Kylian Mbappe.
In December 2022, Messi became the world champion, playing in the Argentine national team. He scored seven goals in seven matches and was found the best player of the tournament. He spent the last season in PSG, becoming the Champion of France. In summer of 2023, Messi joined Inter Miami, where he won the Leagues Cup. This has become his 44th trophy, making him the most awarded football player in history. In October, he won the Ballon d’Or Award – the best player of the season, according to the France Football magazine – for the eighth time.