At the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Lionel Messi took home the Golden Ball. What Argentina he won his third championship under his management. He broke a curse associated with the trophy by becoming the first player to win it at two different World Cups. In the previous six tournaments, the Ballon d’Or had always been won by a player from the losing semi-finalist or runner-up team.
Lionel Messi wins the Ballon d’Or
After winning the inaugural Ballon d’Or in 2014, Lionel Messi became the first athlete to win two of them. On Sunday he achieved his second win at the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar in Qatar.
After announcing midway through the tournament that the 2022 FIFA World Cup would be his last World Cup. Messi finished his “last dance” by defeating France and winning his second Ballon d’Or trophy.
He went on to score, including an impressive goal against Mexico. An overtime draw in the championship game that sent the game to a penalty shootout. Lionel Messi is the only player to have won the Ballon d’Or twice at the World Cup. Since it was first delivered in 1982. (2014, 2022).
Argentina won their third World Cup trophy in 2022, 36 years after the last time. Making it the only nation to have won three championships and the fourth country overall to have appeared in three or more World Cups.
How is the Ballon d’Or awarded?
FIFA’s Technical Study Group selects a shortlist in collaboration with members of the media from around the world and cast votes based on the players on the shortlist. The Ballon d’Or award was first awarded in 1982 at the World Cup in Spain. They gave it to the best player of the tournament.
Leaving aside the Ballon d’Or Lionel Messi breaks several records
he overcomes miroslav kloseGerd Muller and ronaldo. The latter had another record broken by Messi, with a combined total of 20 direct goal appearances.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, who previously shared a record with Cristiano Ronaldo. Become the first player to directly assist a goal in 14 different World Cup matches.
Since the introduction of the round of 16, Messi has also become the first player to score in the group stage, round of 16, quarter-final, semi-final and final of a World Cup.
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