Lionel Messi wins record-extending eighth Ballon d'Or

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# 31 October 2023 02:17 (UTC +04:00)

Fotball icon Lionel Messi added another Ballon d'Or to his collection as he was crowned the best player in the world for an eighth time, APA reports.

It's the first time Messi, widely considered the greatest player of all time, has won the award since leaving Barcelona.

His leading role in Argentina's World Cup success in Qatar last yearwas the decisive factor in winning the sport's most prestigious individual prize.

The women's award went to Aitana Bonmati, the inspirational midfielder behind Spain's World Cup triumph in Australia and New Zealand this year.

Bonmati has also been a central figure for her club in the past year, winning the Champions League and domestic league title with Barcelona. The Catalans picked up the women's team of the year prize.