2023 Ballon d'Or awards ceremony - Messi, Bonmatí win Ballon d’Or

Argentina's famous football player Lionel Messi won his eighth Ballon d'Or award.

Lionel Messi's achievement extended his record for most Ballon d'Or wins.

In addition to Messi's award, Barcelona and Spain standout Etana Bonamati received the Ballon d'Or Féminin.

The awards are an annual celebration of the best players in men's and women's football.

Messi won the 2023 Ballon d'Or in Paris, an important milestone in his career.

He captained the victorious Argentina national team at the World Cup, the most important title of his career to date.

Messi led the voting, beating off competition from top players such as Manchester City striker Erling Haaland and his former teammate at Paris Saint-Germain Kylian Mbappe.

Upon receiving the Ballon d'Or award, Messi expressed his gratitude, saying that he had never imagined the successful career he has enjoyed.

He attributed his achievements to the support of his team and particularly highlighted the key role Barcelona played in winning both team titles and individual awards.