Lionel Messi becomes first active MLS Ballon d’Or nominee since Inter Miami owner David Beckham

Lionel Messi has become the first active Major League Soccer player to be nominated for the Ballon d’Or since Inter Miami owner David Beckham. The Inter Miami forward — a record seven-time Ballon d’Or winner — has been shortlisted for the 2023 award and will become the first active MLS player to win the prize should he top the shortlist on October 30. Beckham is the last player to be nominated for the prize while playing in MLS after making the shortlist in 2007, three months after joining LA Galaxy from Real Madrid. The 2023 Ballon d’Or is judged on performances from...

Lionel Messi becomes first active MLS Ballon d’Or nominee since Inter Miami owner David Beckham
Lionel Messi has become the first active Major League Soccer player to be nominated for the Ballon d’Or since Inter Miami owner David Beckham. The Inter Miami forward — a record seven-time Ballon d’Or winner — has been shortlisted for the 2023 award and will become the first active MLS player to win the prize should he top the shortlist on October 30. Beckham is the last player to be nominated for the prize while playing in MLS after making the shortlist in 2007, three months after joining LA Galaxy from Real Madrid. The 2023 Ballon d’Or is judged on performances from...