Ballon d'Or: Ronaldinho's Heartfelt Message to Lionel Messi After Winning His Eighth Award

Ballon d'Or: Ronaldinho's Heartfelt Message to Lionel Messi After Winning His Eighth Award

Isaac Darko
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Ronaldinho has reacted to Lionel Messi's 2023 Ballon d'Or victory
  • Messi won the award after edging Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe
  • The Inter Miami star led Argentina to success at the 2022 FIFA World Cup

Legendary Brazilian forward, Ronaldinho, has heaped praises on Lionel Messi after winning the Ballon d'Or for the eighth time.

Messi was crowned the best player in the world by France Football at a glittering ceremony in Paris on Monday, proving once again why he is the greatest of all time.

The Inter Miami star's triumph primarily acknowledges his remarkable performances during the previous year's World Cup in Qatar.

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Brazil legend Ronaldinho has sent a congratulatory message to his former Barcelona teammate, Lionel Messi, after winning the 2023 Ballon d'Or award. Photos by Llus Gene/Pascal Le Segretain
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The 36-year-old single-handedly propelled Argentina to victory, netting seven goals and earning the title of the tournament's most outstanding player, per Skysports.

He represented the pinnacle of his extraordinary career and enabled him to overcome fierce competition, notably from Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe, as he claimed the prestigious award on the grand stage of the Chatelet Theatre in Paris.

Ronaldinho congratulates Messi after Ballon d'Or triumph

Numerous football legends extended their congratulations to Messi in the wake of his recent Ballon d'Or triumph.

Ronaldinho, who has a special connection and a profound friendship with the Argentine maestro, was among those who hailed Messi's achievement, per Marca.

The Brazilian won the award in 2005 after beating off competition from Thierry Henry and Andriy Shevchenko. He joined in celebrating the recognition of the Argentine star with one of the most prestigious honours in the world of football.

Ronaldinho posted on Instagram:

"Congratulations Leo Messi, once again the best in the world!!!! Very happy for you my brother... big hug"

Mbappe celebrates Messi after Ballon d'Or win

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that France forward, Kylian Mbappe has congratulated Lionel Messi, after winning the 2023 Ballon d'Or award.

The Argentina and Inter Miami star beat off competition from Mbappe and Manchester City forward, Erling Haaland, to scoop the award for the eighth time in his illustrious career.

Mbappe and Messi led PSG to Ligue 1 triumph last season, but the former Barcelona forward beat the Frenchman to the award after winning the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)