Lionel Messi, who led Argentina to the World Cup championship in Qatar last year,
achieved his lifelong dream of winning the men's Ballon d'Or on Monday for a record-breaking eighth time.
The deciding element in an otherwise uneventful season at Paris Saint-Germain,
by his standards, was adding to his collection of trophies the one significant trophy that escaped him in his illustrious career.
Erling Haaland of Manchester City and Kylian Mbappe, Messi's former PSG teammate, were beaten by the 36-year-old Messi.
Messi expressed gratitude to his teammates, staff, and coach from Argentina for making his victory possible.
Tonight is a fun night for me. Through a translator, Messi remarked, "It's a pleasure that will never leave me and I hope to be able to enjoy it for many years to come.
" The title we were lacking was world champion. I want to express my gratitude to everyone who made Argentina's team the world champion.