Messi is the 2021 Ballon d'Or winner and the best player.

who led Argentina to the World Cup championship in Qatar last year,

 achieved his lifelong dream of winning 

the men's Ballon d'Or on Monday for a record-breaking eighth time.

Lionel Messi, the captain of Argentina

won a record-breaking eighth Ballon d'Or on Monday

defeating Erling Haaland of Manchester City

the winner of the treble and UEFA Player of the Year from Norway.

the top scorer in Europe with 56 goals last season.