Argentine legend Lionel Messi created history by winning the Ballon d’Or for a record-extending seventh time. The former Barcelona forward was recognized as the best footballer in a glamourous ceremony in Paris. Prior to the event, Lionel Messi was accompanied by his wife Antonela Roccuzzo and his three sons at the red carpet ceremony. While his wife looked stunning in the glamourous golden dress, his sons stole the show as they were dressed in identical outfits, coordinating with their father, Lionel Messi. Messi’s family was the showstopper of the event and their photographs made everyone fall for them over the internet.
Messi’s gesture to include wife wins hearts
As Messi’s family made an extravagant entrance at the red carpet, fans could’ve easily guessed the winner of the night. The coordinated outfits of Messi and his three sons caught everyone’s attention like no else. While Messi’s family posed for the photograph a man asked his wife, Antonela to get out of one of the photograph, in order to take a click of the Argentine footballer with his sons in their identical outfits.
Instantly reacting to this, Messi asked his wife to join back and included her in the photograph. This gesture by the legendary footballer towards his wife has won hearts all over the globe, as the video went viral.
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Notably, Messi won the prestigious award for the first time in 2009, and also in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019. Messi edged Robert Lewandowski and Jorginho who completed the top three. Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo missed out on a top-five place for the first time in 2010. The Argentine forward scored 38 goals in 48 appearances for Barcelona. He won the Copa del Rey for the Spanish club. The 34-year-old superstar also led Argentina to a historic Copa America win in July.
"It's incredible to be here again," Messi said at the award night held at Paris's Theatre du Chatelet.
"Two years ago I thought it was the last time. People were starting to ask me when I was going to retire. But now I'm here in Paris and very happy," he added.
“A large part of this trophy is because of what we did in the Copa America. So thanks to my teammates, this is also yours. My wife, my children, my father, my mother are here,” Messi expressed his gratitude to all his teammates as well as his family in the acceptance speech.
With this, the PSG forward has won two more Ballon d’ Or's than his rival, Cristiano Ronaldo. The Manchester United striker came sixth this year in the voting carried out by a jury of journalists from all over the world.