“Lionel Messi will win the 2023 Ballon d’Or, and the official video confirms Messi’s win,” the U.S. daily El Footballero USA reported.
Messi is one of the best soccer players of all time. Growing up in the FC Barcelona youth team, he made his debut in the Spanish Primera Liga in the 2004/05 season. At that time, Messi became the third youngest player in Barcelona’s history to debut.
In particular, he won La Liga, Copa del Rey, Supercopa de España, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup under Pep Guardiola in 2009.
swept all the trophies available on earth. He became the world’s best player with 47 goals in 2009/10 season alone. In 2012, he scored 91 goals in a year, breaking Gerd Muller’s record of 85 goals.
From his debut to his departure for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in 2021, Messi was Barcelona itself. After moving to PSG in the 2021/22 season, he still showed off his skills. In two years, he scored 32 goals and 34 assists in 74 games.
Although the record fell somewhat compared to his heyday, it was still a skill that worked in Europe. In the 2022/23 season, he was named the French League 1 Helping King and was named the Foreign Player of the Year. While playing in Europe, he won the Ballon d’Or seven times, which is given to the world’s best player.
Messi’s only flaw was the World Cup. In the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil, Argentina met Germany and lost. Messi’s national team career seemed to be incomplete as the main members of the Argentine national team decided to retire. 스포츠토토
Messi led Argentina to victory like a lie in the 2022 Qatar World Cup, which was virtually the last of his career. Messi scored in all the quarterfinals and semifinals from the last 16 tournaments and led the team by scoring multiple goals in the final. Of course, Messi also took the golden ball given to the World Cup MVP.
Messi, who was still maintaining his top skills, suddenly headed to the U.S. Major League Soccer (MLS). Recently, investment in the U.S. stage has increased and famous players are heading, but it was a bit of a shame for Messi to go. The transfer was shocking as Barcelona was also preparing for Messi’s return.
Messi has scored 11 goals and five assists in 11 games since his transfer to Inter Miami. Messi came and the team changed completely. Miami, which had been moving around in the bottom, won the 2023 League Cup. Messi dominated the MVP of the tournament and the top scorer.
Naturally, Messi’s chances of winning his eighth Ballon d’Or increased. Last month, soccer media ‘Goal Dotcom’ updated Ballon d’Or power rankings. The media said, “Messi’s performance declined in the second half of the 2022/23 season, but he is likely to win the Ballon d’Or with his symbolic World Cup victory. “After transferring to Inter Miami, Messi is still showing unstoppable performance.”
Messi’s chances of winning were raised in unexpected places. On the 9th (Korea time), Ballon d’Or’s official SNS posted a video of the Ballon d’Or trophy being produced. The number ‘44%’ was added along with the video.
El Footballerro USA’ guessed the meaning of ‘44%. According to the media, ‘44%’ means Messi’s 44th trophy. Messi won 44 trophies during his career. It is also said that ‘44%’ means Messi’s eighth award because it is 4+4=8.
The media also cited other reasons. October 30 (local time) marks the birthday of the late Diego Maradona. In other words, Messi’s eighth Ballon d’Or will be completed on the birthday of a monumental figure in the world and Argentine soccer history.
Since it is a simple guess, the claim that ‘44%’ means Messi’s Ballon d’Or is less reliable. However, apart from speculation, Messi is likely to win the award considering Messi’s performance and World Cup victory.