Lionel Messi, after his record 8th Ballon d’Or win, expressed his desire to continue playing indefinitely, emphasizing the evolving nature of football.
On Monday, Lionel Messi Secures His 8th Ballon d’Or Victory. (Photo: Reuters)
Lionel Messi, after winning an unprecedented 8th Ballon d’Or, emphasized his present-focused approach in this stage of his career. At 36, he secured the award, surpassing Erling Haaland, despite a remarkable season at Manchester City.
His pivotal role in Argentina’s World Cup victory and the Copa America triumph showcased his resurgence on the international stage.
During the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris, Messi exuded satisfaction, reflecting on his “fantastic” World Cup win and his enduring passion for football.
His transition from PSG to Inter Miami marked a new chapter in his career, offering him unique family moments in the United States.
When asked about the 2026 World Cup, Messi remained noncommittal, opting to take each day as it comes.
He expressed a desire to continue playing as long as he enjoys the game and remains physically fit, acknowledging the unpredictable nature of football.
Messi had previously stated that the 2022 World Cup final would be his last, and he wished to savor every moment on the pitch.