Lionel Messi's Wife Filled With Joy as Sons Join Father on Stage for Eighth Ballon D'Or: Video

Lionel Messi's Wife Filled With Joy as Sons Join Father on Stage for Eighth Ballon D'Or: Video

Lukman Mumuni
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Lionel Messi has won his eighth Ballon d'Or award
  • The Argentina captain was joined on stage by his three sons
  • Antonella Ruccuzzo, his wife, could not help it as she admired the moment

Lionel Messi's wife, Antonella Roccuzzo was all-emotional as she watched her three sons join their legendary father on stage after he received his eighth Ballon d'Or award.

The Inter Miami star beat off competition from Manchester City forward Erling Haaland and former Paris Saint Germain teammate Kylian Mbappe to win the award.

Messi, who won the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar last year shared the glorious moment with his children.

Lionel Messi, Antonella Ruccuzzo, Mateo, Ciro, Thiago
Lionel Messi giving a speech alongside his three children at the Ballon d'Or. Credit: @ballondor
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In a video that has since gone viral on social media, Thiago, Mateo and Ciro were not left out as they gallantly walked on stage to celebrate with Messi.

The former Barcelona forward dedicated the award to late Argentina legend Diego Maradona while acknowledging the competition from Mbappe and Haaland.

“Today I wanted to mention Diego. There’s no better place to wish him happy birthday here around many people loving football, as he wanted. Wherever you are, Diego… happy bday. This goes also for you," he said, as quoted by
"“Erling deserved it very much too, he has won Premier League, Champions League while being the top scorer of everything. This award could have been yours today too. I’m sure in the next years you will win it," he added.

Messi won Ligue 1 last season before moving to the United States to lead Inter Miami to success in the Leagues Cup.

Messi wins eight Ballon d'Or award

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Lionel Messi won the eighth Ballon d'Or of his remarkable career at a glittering ceremony in Paris on Monday, while Spain's World Cup-winning star Aitana Bonmati took the women's prize.

For Messi, the trophy rewards, above all else, his inspirational performances at last year's World Cup in Qatar, when he dragged Argentina to victory, scoring seven goals and being named the tournament's best player.

It was the crowning moment of his astonishing career, and it allowed him to see off stiff competition, in particular from Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe, to take the award on the stage of the Chatelet Theatre in Paris.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.