Lionel Messi gained a record-extending eighth Ballon d’Or.© X (previously Twitter)
Lionel Messi stated Monday he was not excited about his long-term future as he sought to take pleasure in successful the eighth Ballon d’Or of his storied profession. Messi, 36, succeeded Karim Benzema as winner of the prize, awarded on the again of his performances final season, when he impressed Argentina to glory on the World Cup in Qatar. “The final one I gained was additionally due to what we achieved with the Argentine nationwide crew within the Copa America (in 2021), however this one is way more particular as a result of it comes after we gained the World Cup,” Messi instructed varied media together with AFP after accumulating his award at a ceremony in Paris.
“That’s the trophy everybody desires to win probably the most, and it was a dream come true for me, my teammates and my nation.”
He dragged Argentina to a victory in Qatar that topped his outstanding profession and allowed him to see off stiff competitors for the Ballon d’Or from Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland particularly.
Haaland got here second within the remaining voting, with Mbappe third and Kevin De Bruyne in fourth place.
Former Barcelona celebrity Messi scored seven instances on the World Cup and was named the match’s greatest participant after Argentina beat France on penalties within the remaining in Doha.
But Messi, who gained his first Ballon d’Or in 2009, additionally had an underwhelming remaining season at Paris Saint-Germain, earlier than leaving to play for Inter Miami in Main League Soccer.
He performed down solutions he might come again for an additional Ballon d’Or, presumably after the following World Cup in 2026, when he might be 39.
“I’m not excited about the long-term future. I’m simply having fun with the day after day in the mean time,” he stated.
“We now have a Copa America developing in america, the place I’m now, through which we’re the holders, so I’m wanting ahead to coming into that in fine condition after which simply see how I get on from there.”
Messi admitted on his return to the French capital that his two-year stint at PSG had not turned out the best way he imagined upon signing from Barcelona in 2021.
“Issues did not end up as I hoped however I loved the town so much, and my youngsters preferred it so much and located it arduous to depart,” he stated.
“It’s a spectacular metropolis and I used to be fortunate to reside right here. Soccer-wise it didn’t go the best way I hoped however I desire to recollect the various good issues.”
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