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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta gives verdict on Lionel Messi clinching eight Ballon d’Or ahead of Man City star Erling Haaland

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta gives verdict on Lionel Messi clinching eight Ballon d’Or ahead of Man City star Erling Haaland

Arsenal’s manager, Mikel Arteta, believes that Lionel Messi was deserving of his eighth Ballon d’Or award.

The coach from Spain highlighted that Lionel Messi’s victory in the 2022 World Cup for Argentina at the age of 36 positioned him as the prime choice for the Ballon d’Or.

Additionally, he praised Messi’s unwavering consistency and dedication to the sport as he approaches the later stages of his career. In discussions with reporters, Arteta expressed: : “When you talk about Messi it can never be wrong. What he’s done, he won the World Cup, at his age, it was the pinnacle of his career. It’s just incredible, the consistency that he’s shown, the level that he’s put football into.”

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At 36 years old, he successfully fended off challenges from Manchester City’s prolific scorer Erling Haaland and his former teammate from Paris Saint-Germain, Kylian Mbappe, securing his historic eighth Ballon d’Or in Paris on Monday.

Following the premature conclusion of the MLS season for Inter Miami due to their failure to qualify for the playoffs, the next appearance of Messi could potentially be with La Albiceleste on November 17.

This is when they are scheduled to face Uruguay in a 2026 World Cup qualifying match.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta gives verdict on Lionel Messi clinching eight Ballon d’Or ahead of Man City star Erling Haaland

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