Lionel Messi presents the Ballon d’Or 2023 at Inter Miami Academy

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Lionel Messi presented his Ballon d’Or to Inter Miami’s Academy players as he inspired them to strive for greatness after winning the award for a record eighth time.

The Argentina and Inter Miami striker beat off competition from Manchester City treble winner Erling Haaland and former Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Kylian Mbappe to win the award at the 67th awards ceremony in Paris.

Messi was given a hero’s welcome by his Inter Miami teammates upon his return to the United States.

In a video shared on social media, the former Barcelona star spent time with Inter Miami’s youth teams as he presented the players with the award as a source of inspiration for their goals.

The young players chanted and chanted Messi’s name as they arrived with the gong. Messi also took a picture with the budding footballers.

The former PSG forward enjoyed a stellar year in retrospect as he led Argentina to the 2022 World Cup, scoring in the final against France.

He also won the Ligue 1 title before joining Inter Miami in the summer transfer window where he led them to League Cup success, as reported by CNN.

reportedly that Lionel Messi received a heroes’ welcome from Inter Miami players on his return from Paris after winning his eighth Ballon d’Or.

The Argentina star beat off competition from Manchester City striker Erling Haaland and former Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Kylian Mbappe to win the 2023 award.

Messi’s inspirational role in leading Argentina to the 2022 FIFA World Cup gave him the edge over his rivals at the ceremony at the Theater du Chatelet.

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