Record Eighth Win: Lionel Messi and Aitana Bonmatí Secure 2023 Ballon d'Or Titles

"Lionel Messi claims an unprecedented eighth Ballon d'Or, while Aitana Bonmatí wins the Ballon d'Or Féminin for 2023. Read about their historic achievements.

Lionel Messi Secures Eighth Ballon d'Or, Aitana Bonmatí Triumphs in Ballon d'Or Féminin.

In a historic feat, Lionel Messi has been crowned the 2023 Ballon d'Or winner, securing his unprecedented eighth title as the season's top football player.

The 36-year-old Argentine maestro led his national team to a triumphant World Cup victory, marking Argentina's first since 1986. His stellar performance earned him the prestigious Golden Ball accolade in the Qatar tournament. Messi also clinched the French title with Paris Saint-Germain before making a move to Inter Miami in the summer. Subsequently, he played a pivotal role in securing Inter Miami's inaugural Leagues Cup title in August.


Meanwhile, Aitana Bonmatí claimed the 2023 Ballon d'Or Féminin, following in the footsteps of her Barcelona and national teammate, Alexia Putellas, who bagged the award in both 2021 and 2022.

The 25-year-old Spanish midfielder guided Spain to their first-ever Women’s World Cup victory in Australia and New Zealand, earning herself the distinguished Golden Ball award at the tournament. Bonmatí also played an instrumental role in securing La Liga victory for her club and clinched a second Champions League title, culminating in her being awarded the UEFA Player of the Season in August.

The awards ceremony, held in Paris on Monday, was attended by a galaxy of stars, where both Messi and Bonmatí were bestowed with their well-deserved honors.

Messi's latest triumph solidifies his legacy as the most decorated player in Ballon d'Or history, surpassing all other contenders, both male and female.

For Bonmatí, her victory marks a significant milestone for Spanish women’s football. She stands as the inaugural Spanish player to claim the Ballon d’Or Féminin award, showcasing the sport's burgeoning popularity in the nation.

The Ballon d’Or remains one of football's most prestigious honors, and the 2023 recipients, Messi and Bonmatí, have undeniably earned their places among its illustrious roster of winners.

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