Inter Miami captain Lionel Messi was not in attendance on Monday night as he collected his third and final ‘The Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year’ award.
The legendary Argentine player might have had other plans, but you would think that he would show there to honour the end of his career. Club leaders, head coaches of national teams, “expert” journalists, and supporters from all around the world cast their votes for the winner.
Still, none of them likely bothered to read the requirements for the award. The player who has played the best between December 19, 2022, and August 20, 2023 was supposed to receive the honour.
Despite Messi’s exploits in THAT World Cup final on December 18, which occurred a day earlier, the panel managed to tie the winner of the League Cup and Ligue 1 with a Treble winner. While the Ballon d’Or came as a surprise, this latest miscarriage of justice brought optimism.
By the same time next year, the voting panel will be unable to fit Messi into the event in a role other than that of a legend. Without a World Cup, the 36-year-old will begin his first complete season in the Major League Soccer and we will finally witness his hold on the awards season.
A new generation of football players will emerge starting with the Ballon d’Or, with Erling Haaland among those spearheading the movement. By the time of the next big event, Kylian Mbappe, who finished in third place, may have left PSG and gone off to start his own career, while Jude Bellingham at Real Madrid is already hard to ignore.
Messi represents the last remaining member of the old generation, and his departure from Barcelona in 2021 would have marked the end of an era far more painful than it is now. On the other hand, a lot of supporters are eager to witness what the upcoming generation may accomplish on the global arena.
It is unfortunate for Haaland that he will have to wait a few more months to experience his defining moment. Obtain the 23–24 Manchester City home jersey.
The classic sky blue shade of the Puma home shirt is contrasted by finely crafted, slightly darker blue stripes across the front, which are modelled after the pathways at Etihad Stadium. The shirt commemorates the anniversary of City’s 2003 transfer from Maine Road to its new location.