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Messi has won the Ballon d'Or for a record-extending eighth time

Lionel Messi at the 2023 Ballon d'Or France Football award ceremony in Paris
Lionel Messi at the 2023 Ballon d'Or France Football award ceremony in Paris
(Image credit: Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images)

Lionel Messi is celebrating yet another Ballon d'Or win – the record-extending eighth time the Argentina captain has lifted the golden trophy. 

After helping his country triumph at the Fifa World Cup in Qatar in 2022, Messi was recognised as the "best footballer of the year", said BBC Sport, with the award voted for by 100 journalists from around the world. Manchester City striker Erling Haaland was second in the 2023 voting, followed by Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe in third. 

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