Argentina captain Lionel Messi, who won the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, won the title of World Sports Star for the current year, from the BBC Sports website and application.
Messi, 35, led his country to the World Cup for the first time in 36 years.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker won the Golden Ball award – which is awarded to the best player in the world – after scoring seven goals in his fifth World Cup finals with his country.
The former Barcelona star is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers in the history of the game.
Messi scored two goals in the World Cup final and then scored a goal from a kick to win Argentina four goals to two goals after a match that lasted 120 minutes, the original and extra time ended in a draw with three goals.
This means that he added a new award to the cup record that contains the Golden Ball title seven times – which is awarded to the best player in the world every year – the European Champions League title, the Copa America Cup, ten seasons in the Spanish League with FC Barcelona, and one season in the French League. with Paris Saint-Germain.
The number of goals Leo scored over the course of his football career reached 793 goals.
Messi said after lifting the World Cup last Sunday: “This is what everyone dreams of when they are young. I was lucky enough to have everything. What I was missing, I found here.”
Messi won the French League title with Paris Saint-Germain last April. The star of the French team and the Argentine national team scored 12 goals and assisted 14 others in 19 games since the start of the 2022-23 season.
And by the next World Cup in 2026, Messi will have completed his thirty-ninth year. But he announced earlier that the Qatar World Cup will be the last in which he will participate with the Argentine national team. And if this is achieved, this will be the perfect way to end his international career in the green rectangle after his country won the Copa America title last year and then the World Cup this year.
Messi does not intend to retire from international football at the present time, as he expressed – after his country won the World Cup – his desire to continue to “play a number of matches with the world champion team.”
The BBC Sports Personality of the Year award is awarded by a committee consisting of the best athletes who have achieved significant sporting achievements at the international level throughout their professional sporting history.