February 23, 2024

Lionel Messi has clinched the Best FIFA Men’s Player 2023 award, leaving football fans in awe as he secured his third win, surpassing contenders Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe. This triumph comes hot on the heels of Messi’s eighth Ballon d’Or win in 2023, making him the first recipient of the FIFA award while playing in Major League Soccer (MLS).

Despite the prestigious nature of the ceremony in London, the top three players, Messi, Mbappe, and Haaland, were notably absent. Messi, now 36, chose to stay in Miami for his team Inter Miami’s first preseason game of the 2024 campaign.

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Inter Miami, Messi’s current side, is set to kick off their 2024 MLS season against Salt Lake on February 22. However, before the official season opener, fans can anticipate an iconic showdown between Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as Inter Miami faces Al Nassr in a friendly match on February 1.

Messi’s move to Inter Miami marked a significant shift from Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in 2023. Despite the change, the Argentine maestro displayed his scoring prowess, netting 11 goals in 14 appearances for Miami. His contributions helped secure the Ligue 1 title with PSG in 2023 and the 2023 Leagues Cup with Inter Miami, where he scored an impressive 10 goals.

Meanwhile, in the world of women’s football, Spanish sensation Aitana Bonmati secured the Best FIFA Women’s Player 2023 award. The 25-year-old FC Barcelona star added three major titles to her illustrious career in 2023, claiming victories in the UEFA Women’s Champions League, Liga F, and Supercopa de Espana Femenina.

As Messi basked in the glory of his historic win, his longtime rival Cristiano Ronaldo took to Instagram to share a post, cryptically stating, “Back for more!” The timing and content of Ronaldo’s message sparked speculation and discussions across social media.

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