Lionel Messi bags another award before the year 2023 wraps up
Inter Miami forward player, Lionel Messi might not be resting when it comes to picking up awards following his achievements on the pitch.
The Argentine international was named TIME's Athlete of the Year for 2023 following his breathtaking debut season with Inter Miami. Lionel Messi led the MLS side to their first trophy in a few months after he joined them from Paris Saint Germain. He scored 10 goals in seven games throughout the campaign in the League Cup.
The former Barcelona player also played an important part in his club's effort to reach the US Open Cup final, losing to Houston Dynamo when he missed the game due to an injury. He is the first-ever individual soccer player to win the prize, with the US Women's National Team claiming the first in 2019.
The 36-year-old also claimed a record eighth Ballon d'Or award in October 2023. He was rewarded for his performance in helping Argentina to win the World Cup which was hosted in Qatar in 2022.