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Messi secures his record-breaking eighth Ballon d'Or win

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Lionel Messi, Inter Miami CF star, has officially won the Ballon d'Or for the eighth time. 

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After receiving his award, Messi said, "I couldn't imagine having the career that I've had. Everything that I've achieved." 

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The award comes after Messi led Argentina to the World Cup last year and soon after moved to Florida to join Inter Miami.

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The World Cup was likely to be Messi's last chance at winning the prize. He had already lost it four times prior, including a loss in the finals to Germany in 2014. 

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Messi is breaking a record with this award, becoming the first MLS player to receive it. The award was handed to him by David Beckham, Inter Miami's co-owner. 

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Winning this Ballon d'Or at 36 years old makes Messi the second oldest player to ever win it, behind Stanley Matthews who was 41 when he won it in 1956.

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Messi won six of his eight Ballons d'Or while he was playing for Barcelona, a club where he was the record goalscorer and appearance holder. 

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Messi's performance at the 2022 World Cup was what earned him this prestigious award, as he assisted three goals and scored seven. 

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