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Lionel Messi's 8th Ballon d'Or trophy celebrated by Inter Miami

Lionel Messi held the Ballon d'Or over his head as fireworks lit up the sky to bring a pregame ceremony to a close. And with that, Inter Miami CF got to celebrate the game's greatest player one more time in 2023.

Messi was on the field for his Major League Soccer club on Friday night for a friendly against New York City FC, a match put together to commemorate his eighth time winning the Ballon d'Or - presented annually to the game's top player - at a black-tie ceremony in Paris last month. No other player has won that award more than five times.