The Argentine footballer, Lionel Messi won his 8th Ballon d’Or after successive campaigns with both the Argentina football team and PSG. He even won a championship with his new team, Inter Miami. As per the Top 3 rankings of the 2023 Ballon d’Or, Erling Halland came in second, followed by Kylian Mbappe in third.
But this decision was not accepted by several fans around the world who used the term robbed after Messi won the Ballon d’Or. Well, in a recent interview with Mbappe, he said something that might end this debate.
Kylian Mbappe said,
“Lionel Messi had to win the Ballon d’Or!”
Here is the complete statement: “Lionel Messi had to win the Ballon d’Or. He won the World Cup, he is one of the greatest in history if not the greatest for me. On the night of 18th December, I knew that I had lost the World Cup and the Ballon d’Or too. Leo deserved it.”
He also mentioned, “Erling Haaland had a great season, me too, but next to winning a World Cup, it doesn’t weigh much.”
To be honest, Kylian Mbappe is 100% accurate. Every footballer dreams of winning a World Cup for their country rather than winning multiple championships for their club. World Cup is a tournament played once every four years, and the best national teams in the world compete against each other. If you lose a game, your dream of lifting the trophy is impossible.
Similarly, Lionel Messi won the 2022 FIFA World Cup by defeating some of the best teams in the world. He was also the captain and top contributor for the team, with seven goals and three assists. He also won the Golden Ball and Silver Boot awards. As a result, he completely deserves to win the Ballon d’Or.
Years in which Messi won the Ballon d’Or