Inter Miami Star Lionel Messi Eighth Ballon d'Or Win in Pregame Celebration

Lionel Messi the renowned soccer player celebrated his eighth Ballon d'Or win in a pregame ceremony with Inter Miami.

Messi was on the field for a friendly match against New York City FC, organized to commemorate his recent Ballon d'Or victory.

Messi's eighth Ballon d'Or win is a historic achievement as no other player has won the prestigious award more than five times.

A pregame ceremony took place before the match where Messi walked to midfield on a gold carpet laid across the pitch.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Inter Miami owners Jorge and Jose Mas were present to welcome Messi during the ceremony.

Messi holding the Ballon d'Or trophy in his left hand hoisted it overhead to the cheers of the crowd during the ceremony.

Messi expressed his joy in sharing the moment with everyone acknowledging that even though he has been with Inter Miami for a short time it feels like a significant period.

Messi's comments indicate a sense of connection and appreciation for the support and welcome he has received during his time with Inter Miami.