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Undisputed Goat: GWR Praises Lionel Messi After 8th Ballon d’Or Win

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Undisputed Goat: GWR Praises Lionel Messi After 8th Ballon d'Or Win

Guinness World Records (GWR) has reacted after Argentine talisman, Lionel Messi won a record-breaking eighth Ballon d’Or award on Monday.

GWR in a post via the organization’s official account on the X platform described Messi as the undisputed GOAT.

The organization wrote: “Lionel Messi.

“The undisputed GOAT.

“A record-breaking eighth Ballon d’Or.”

Naija News earlier reported that Lionel Messi has been confirmed as the winner of the 2023 Ballon d’Or as he becomes the first player to win the award a record eight times.

Messi was named the winner of the Ballon d’Or ahead of Erling Haaland of Manchester City at the 2,500-capacity Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, France on Monday, October 30, 2023.

Before this year’s edition of the award, the 36-year-old Argentine football icon had won the award for a record 7 times, two more than his rival, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Following Messi’s victory in the 2023 edition of the Ballon d’Or, the Argentine football icon has won the award three more times than 38-year-old Ronaldo who currently plays for Al Nassr of Saudi Arabia.

Aside from being the only player to win the Ballon d’Or a record 8 times, Lionel Messi has become the only player to win the Ballon d’Or outside Europe as he is currently playing at Inter Miami in the United States.

Also, Messi has become the first player to win the Ballon d’Or in three different countries, six times in Spain while playing for FC Barcelona, once in France, while playing for Paris Saint Germain, and once in the United States, while playing for Inter Miami.

Lionel Messi won the 2023 edition of the award ahead of Haaland who won the treble with Manchester City last season – Premier League, FA Cup, and UEFA Champions – majorly because the football icon helped Argentina to win the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, where he won the best player of the tournament.