The Argentinian Lionel Messi, currently in the Paris SG, he conquered his seventh Golden Ball, the prestigious award awarded by France Football magazine to the best footballer of the year, at a ceremony held this Monday in the French capital.
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The victory in the Copa América last July, his first trophy in 16 years wearing the Albiceleste shirt, declined the votes to the detriment of the Pole Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) and the Italian Jorginho (Chelsea), who completed the podium.
“It is incredible to be here again. Two years ago I said that they were my last years and I am here again,” the Argentine began his speech. “They asked me when my retirement date would be, but I am in Paris and very happy, eager to continue fighting for new challenges. I do not know when the moment of goodbye will come, because I enjoy football a lot,” he added.
After having a memory for him FC Barcelona, his old club, and Paris SG, Messi He referred to the Argentine national team, with which they won the Copa América in July after three decades of disappointment with the Albiceleste shirt.
“This award is for what we did in the Copa América and for that I thank my teammates,” concluded a Messi who recalled that in the previous six “he won this trophy, but I had the feeling that there was a thorn in; this year I got the dream I wanted so much after many years of searching for it. “
A friend gave it to him
Messi, who was accompanied at the ceremony by his wife Antonela Rocuzzo and their three children (who wore the same suit as their father), received the trophy from his great friend and former teammate at FC Barcelona, the Uruguayan Luis Suárez.
“It is an honor that it is my friend who gives me this award,” declared Messi, already with the Ballon d’Or in his hands. “I never thought of a sixth, a seventh. I really want to meet new goals with my new club,” he said when asked if he will fight for an eighth trophy now with the Paris SG jersey.