Lionel Messi wins eighth award beating Erling Haaland to trophy
After helping his country win the World Cup last year in Qatar, the 36-year-old was recognized in Paris.
Jude Bellingham won the Kopa Trophy for the world’s best under-21 player.
Erling Haaland of Manchester City won the Ballon d’Or ahead of Messi’s record-extending performance.
In the 4-2 penalty shootout loss to Argentina, Kylian Mbappe became only the second player in World Cup history to score a hat-trick.
“It’s nice to be here once again to enjoy this moment,” Messi said. My dream is to win the World Cup and achieve my goal.”
According to the former Barcelona and Paris St-Germain player: “I couldn’t imagine my career and everything I’ve accomplished and the fortune I’ve had to be part of the greatest team in history. As City won the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup, Norwegian international Haaland scored 36 goals in 35 league matches and hit 52 in all competitions.
Gerd Muller Trophy for best goalscorer was awarded to him for his achievements.
Haaland thanked Manchester City and the entire club.
The people around me have also made me who I am today, so I would like to thank them.”