Lionel Messi gained the Ballon d’Or for the eighth time in his profitable profession proving as soon as once more why he’s the GOAT. Ronaldinho, one other legend from FC Barcelona who shared the sphere with Messi when he began taking part in for the membership was blissful for the Argentinian star to obtain one of many best accolades in soccer.
By profitable the World Cup, Messi proved he was the most effective within the recreation, nevertheless, together with his eighth trophy, he put the final nail within the coffin of the once-contended skilled debate to find out who was the most effective between Cristiano Ronald and Leo, in some unspecified time in the future, Messi and Ronaldo had been tied, nevertheless, that’s lengthy gone, as Ronaldo has solely gained 5 to this point.
A type of who congratulated Messi after his eighth Ballon d’Or is the Brazilian idol and Barcelona legend, Ronaldinho, who has a specific historical past and friendship with the GOAT.
Ronaldinho’s heartfelt phrases to Messi
Ronaldinho, who additionally gained the award in 2005, congratulated Messi on this nice feat taking to Instagram to let the world learn about how proud he’s of his former teammate.
“Congratulations Leo Messi, as soon as once more the most effective on the earth!!!! Very blissful for you my brother… large hug“
Ronaldinho’s Ballon d’Or sweet-n-sour story
Again in 2004, Ronaldinho got here third within the Ballon d’Or voting, and the trophy went to AC Milan’s Andriy Shevchenko, leaving each FC Barcelona’s Deco and Ronaldinho in second and third.
Subsequent 12 months, Ronaldinho was awarded the Ballon d’Or after profitable LaLiga with FC Barcelona, forsaking Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard.
Ballon d’Or 2023 voting
Lionel Messi beat Manchester Metropolis’s Erling Haaland, who got here in second place, and Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbapp, who got here in third.
Within the days earlier than the outcomes had been identified, it had been leaked that Messi had certainly been chosen because the winner of the Ballon d’Or 2023, which was ultimately confirmed.