Lionel Messi Donates Eighth Ballon d’Or Trophy to Barcelona

Lionel Messi

Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi, who secured his record eighth Ballon d’Or last October, has stirred controversy by donating the prestigious individual award to Barcelona, his former club.

The Argentine star claimed the accolade after leading Argentina to victory at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, a triumph that had eluded him throughout his illustrious career.

The decision to honor Messi with the award, ahead of other contenders like Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe, sparked debate among fans and pundits, with some arguing for the merits of Manchester City’s Haaland.

According to Spanish journalist, Miquel Blazquez, Messi has donated his Ballon d’Or trophy to Barcelona despite not winning it with his old club, allowing the club to showcase all eight trophies in their museum.

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This move reinforces the footballer’s enduring connection with Barcelona, where he established himself as one of the greatest players in soccer history.

During his tenure at the Nou Camp, Messi secured an impressive tally of 10 Spanish titles and four Champions League victories, accompanied by an extraordinary goal record of 672 goals in 778 games.