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Lionel Messi: Inter Miami Ace Named TIME Athlete of the Year 2023
- The TIME Athlete of the Year award was introduced in 2019
- Lionel Messi has become the first footballer to win the prize
- The veteran won just weeks after he claimed the Ballon d'Or
Lionel Messi has beaten Cristiano Ronaldo to yet another honour after being named the TIME Athlete of the Year for 2023.
The Argentine superstar has enjoyed a successful year, claiming his eighth Ballon d'Or award in November.
No player has won as many editions of the prestigious award, with only Ronaldo coming closest with five.
His triumph saw many claim that he had effectively completed football and cemented his place as the greatest the sport has ever seen.
Messi named TIME Athlete of the Year
However, after adding another prize to his already illustrious career, the 36-year-old is seemingly not done yet.
The award to honour athletes was introduced in 2019, with NBA superstar LeBron James, Simon Biles, and Aaron Judge among the previous winners.
Messi claimed the honour after a stellar debut in the MLS with Inter Miami, scoring 11 goals in just 14 matches before the season ended.
The Argentine joined the Florida-based outfit on a free transfer after quitting Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season when his contract with the French club expired.
The forward was initially linked with a move to Saudi Arabia and a potential reunion with Barcelona, before he opted to move to the MLS.
Businesses owned by Lionel Messi
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Sports Brief has also reported that Messi has never been known for his business acumen but for his sheer talent on the pitch.
It is a talent that has seen him grace the greatest football podiums to the point of being referred to as the greatest of all time.
However, considering the brand and reputation he has built over the years, some may ask what businesses Lionel Messi owns.