Lionel Messi named BBC Sports Personality’s World Sport Star of the Year

Date: Wednesday, 21 December Venue: Media Metropolis UK, Salford
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Argentina’s World Cup-winning captain Lionel Messi has been named BBC Sports Personality’s World Sport Star of the Year for 2022.

Messi, 35, led Argentina to their first World Cup triumph in 36 years in Qatar.

The Paris St-Germain ahead gained the match’s Golden Ball – awarded to one of the best participant – after scoring seven targets at his fifth World Cup.

The previous Barcelona star is extensively acknowledged as one of many biggest footballers of all-time.

Messi scored twice within the World Cup closing and in addition transformed a penalty within the shootout as Argentina beat holders France 4-2 on penalties following an exhilarating 3-3 draw.

It meant he added soccer’s greatest prize to an inventory of trophies that features seven Ballons d’Or titles – awarded to one of the best footballer annually – 4 Champions Leagues, one Copa America, 10 La Liga titles with Barcelona and a Ligue 1 crown with PSG.

As well as, he has scored a staggering 793 targets in his profession.

“It’s everyone’s dream when they’re little. I’ve been lucky enough to achieve everything and what I was missing, I found here,” Messi mentioned after lifting the World Cup on Sunday.

With Paris St-Germain, Messi gained a primary French title in April and for the reason that 2022-23 marketing campaign started in August, has scored 12 instances and offered 14 assists in 19 membership appearances.

Messi will flip 39 in the course of the subsequent World Cup in 2026 and had hinted beforehand the finals in Qatar can be his final. If it was, it actually was the proper approach to finish his worldwide profession following Argentina’s Copa America victory final 12 months.

He doesn’t plan to retire from the nationwide staff simply but, saying after lifting the World Cup that he would love “to continue by experiencing a few more games as a world champion”.

The BBC World Sport Star of the Year is awarded by a panel to the athlete who has achieved probably the most notable sporting success on the world stage in the course of the course of the 12 months.

The 2021 winner was Irish jockey Rachael Blackmore.