Arteta gives verdict on Messi winning award


Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta has given his opinion on Argentina captain, Lionel Messi winning the 2023 Ballon d’Or.

Recall that Messi won this year’s Ballon d’Or ahead of the likes of Manchester City’s Erling Haaland and Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe on Monday night in Paris.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Arsenal’s Carabao Cup tie with West Ham United, Arteta insisted that it was incredible for Messi to win the Ballon d’Or.

Asked about Messi landing his eighth Ballon d’Or, Arteta told reporters: “When you talk about Messi, it can never be wrong!

“I think what he’s done, he won the World Cup at his age, it was the pinnacle of his career, everybody was expecting, it’s just incredible.

“The consistency that he’s shown, the level that he’s put world football into, I think it’s incredible. I was so glad that we had a few nominated as well on that list.”