Lionel Messi Nominated for Unusual 'Anger of the Year' Award

Lionel Messi Nominated for Unusual 'Anger of the Year' Award

Fred Kennedy
updated at January 11, 2024 at 8:36 AM
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  • Lionel Messi will be among the contenders at the ESLAND awards
  • The forward has been nominated under the 'Anger of the Year' category
  • Messi's nomination came weeks after he won his eighth Ballon d'Or

Inter Miami superstar Lionel Messi has been nominated for a bizarre award weeks after he scooped the Ballon d'Or.

Messi has won countless individual awards throughout his illustrious football career, playing for Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Miami, and Argentina.

Lionel Messi laughs during a training session in Ezeiza ahead of FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifier football matches against Paraguay and Peru. Photo by Juan Mabromata.
Lionel Messi laughs during a training session in Ezeiza ahead of FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifier football matches against Paraguay and Peru. Photo by Juan Mabromata.
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According to SPORTbible, the legendary forward has four Champions League winners' medals and the World Cup in his collection.

Individually, the 36-year-old has a record eight Ballon d'Or awards to his name, securing a record-extending eighth last November.

At the time, Messi saw off stiff competition from several players, including Man City hotshot Erling Haaland, to win the prestigious prize.

Messi nominated for bizarre award

However, the Argentine could add yet another gong to his incredible collection in the coming days.

This is after he was nominated for a prize at the ESLAND awards, organised by Spanish YouTuber TheGrefg.

The former PSG ace has been nominated under the 'Anger of the Year' category.

It is understood that the forward earned the bizarre nomination following his clash with YouTuber Ibai Llanos moments after he won his eighth Ballon d'Or.

At the time, Goal reported that Messi called out the YouTuber for sharing their text messages in public.

"I'm not going to answer you anymore because you make everything public, and I don't like it…the Ballon d’Or? Now you are changing the topic you son of a b*tch," Messi was quoted saying.

Messi to play at iconic NFL ground

Sports Brief has also reported that the Argentine will play at Arrowhead Stadium when his Inter Miami side faces Sporting Kansas in April.

Sporting Kansas's home ground of Children's Mercy Park can only accommodate 18,000 fans compared to Arrowhead's capacity of 76,000.

The move to take the game to a bigger stadium has been blasted by some fans who have termed the move as a 'money-grab.'

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