Why Lionel Messi deserves the 2023 Ballon d'Or

2023 Ballon d'Or hopeful Lionel Messi helped Argentina win the World Cup in Qatar
Lionel Messi helped Argentina win the World Cup in Qatar (Image credit: Getty Images)

Not to be 'that guy', but over the last 12 months I’ve been lucky enough to see Lionel Messi play live twice – at the *cough* 2022 World Cup Final in Qatar and for PSG in the Champions League.

He had contrasting games, but I expect to one day tell the story to the kids of my yet to be born children – you feel like you’re watching the greatest ever to play the sport. Mainly because you are.

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Matthew Ketchell
Deputy Editor

A former goalkeeper, Ketch joined FourFourTwo as Deputy Editor in 2022 having worked across ChronicleLive, LeedsLive, Hull Daily Mail, YorkshireLive, Teesside Gazette and the Huddersfield Examiner as a Northern Football Editor. Prior to that he was the Senior Writer at BBC Match of the Day magazine. He has interviewed the likes of Harry Kane, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gareth Southgate and attended two World Cup finals and a Champions League final. He has been a Newcastle United season ticket holder since 2000 and has an expensive passion for collecting classic football shirts.