The Argentinean Lionel Messi has been named the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for 2023 at the award ceremony that took place today in Paris, France. The Laureus World Sports Awards are an annual awards ceremony that recognizes the achievements of individual athletes and teams in the sports world.
Since 2000, the award has been given. Since its inception, the award has been given to sports legends such as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Michael Schumacher and Usain bolt are also among those who have won.
Messi was named the Sportsman of the year for 2020 along with Lewis Hamilton. Messi, who won the FIFA World Cup in Qatar with Argentina, has now been awarded the Laureus World Sportsman of the year title for 2023.
Messi stated that he had enjoyed a great deal of success in Barcelona. I had a thorn in my side with the Argentine squad, but I was able to overcome it “.. After winning the award twice, Messi becomes the first footballer ever to have won the award more than once.
Lionel Messi resumes training at PSG after suspension
PSG’s website reportedly announced Messi’s return. The club posted a photo of Messi with a football running on the training grounds. Lionel Messi and his Paris Saint-Germain teammates returned to the training ground on Monday. The French club has suspended Messi for almost a week.
The club has not said whether Messi will be available for Saturday’s match against Ajaccio. PSG leads the league standings by six points over Lens with just four games remaining.
Messi was in Saudi Arabia for a promotional tour and missed Monday’s practice. The French club announced the suspension one day later. PSG had not specified the duration of the suspension. However, French media reported that it was two weeks. Messi apologized later to PSG and his teammates, for traveling without their permission.
It is unlikely that the Argentine maestro will extend his contract beyond this season with PSG. Reports claim that the player has been linked to Inter Miami Major League Soccer in addition to a return to Barcelona and a lucrative Saudi Arabia move.
Messi signed with PSG in 2021, after winning all major titles at Barcelona. Messi’s Catalan club, which he called home since he was 13, couldn’t afford him. The Spanish league’s financial rules and large debts are to blame. PSG fans had hoped that Messi’s arrival in Paris would lead to the elusive Champions League trophy. Qatari-backed PSG was eliminated from the Champions League in successive seasons.