Lionel Messi named BBC’s World Sport Star of the 12 months

Lionel Messi named BBC’s World Sport Star of the 12 months

Lionel Messi has been introduced as BBC’s World Sport Star of the 12 months after Argentina’s World Cup 2022 victory towards France.

The footballer, 35, led Argentina to their first World Cup victory in 36 years in Qatar on Sunday (18th December).

Messi shone all through the match and scored seven objectives for his facet, together with twice within the closing match of the match, with Argentina occurring to beat France 4-2 on penalties, following a 3-3 draw on the Lusail Stadium.

Forward of lifting the trophy, Messi additionally took dwelling the FIFA Golden Ball award in Qatar, the prize given to the match’s finest participant.

The BBC World Sport Star of the 12 months is chosen by a panel and awarded to the athlete who has “achieved essentially the most notable sporting success on the world stage in the course of the course of the yr”.

It marks a primary for Messi regardless of his sensible profession, which has seen the footballer win seven Ballon d’Or titles and scored 793 objectives.

Final yr, Irish jockey Rachael Blackmore bagged the prize.

Different earlier recipients of the World Sports activities Star embrace Shane Warne, Tiger Woods and Roger Federer.

Lionel Messi and Joaquin Correa celebrating for Argentina. Wealthy Graessle/Icon Sportswire through Getty Photos

Messi had beforehand stated Qatar can be his final World Cup, however his supervisor Lionel Scaloni has stated the door will stay open for him within the 2026 version.

“We have to save him for the World Cup, if he needs to maintain taking part in he will probably be with us. He’s greater than entitled to resolve if he needs to maintain taking part in and what he needs to do together with his profession,” he stated.

“It’s such an enormous pleasure to educate him. All the pieces he transmits to his teammates is one thing unparalleled I’ve by no means seen earlier than.”

Following his spectacular efficiency, Messi himself stated that he is not going to retire from Argentina responsibility simply but.

He instructed Argentinian TV station TyC Sports activities: “Clearly I needed to cap my profession with this and I can’t ask for something extra. What’s going to occur after this? I’ve managed to win the Copa America and the World Cup virtually on the finish…

“I like soccer, it’s what I do. I get pleasure from being within the nationwide crew and wish to proceed by experiencing a couple of extra video games as a world champion.”

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