Leo Messi and Aitana Bonmatí win the Ballon d’Or 2023: guests, speeches and other details of the gala

Party night for the king of sports. This Monday, the Châtelet Theater in Paris hosted the Ballon d’Or 2023 gala, which recognized the work of the players during the last season. Among the guest list, the prince Albert of Monaco, David Beckham and of course the family Messi in full, as usual.

The Argentine star has posed on the red carpet with his wife, Antonella Rocuzzoand his three children, Thiago, Mateo and Ciro. Everyone dressed in black for a very sophisticated evening in which Messi took home his eighth award. He is thus crowned the Best Player in History and has dedicated the award to Diego Maradona: “Today is his birthday and there is no better place to wish him a happy birthday than here. Wherever you are, happy birthday, I share this with you and with all of Argentina,” he said.

In the feminine, the Spanish Aitana Bonmatí He has won the trophy, the first of his career, and thus takes up the baton from his teammate Alexa Putellas. The tennis player gave it to him Novak Djokovic. Dressed in a beautiful black sheer dress, she recognized her surprise: “I’m a little nervous, I haven’t slept for several days.” The award recognizes the player after winning the World Cup, Champions League, League and Super Cup with the national team and FC Barcelona. She dedicated it to her parents, present in the room, and wanted to remember the struggle of her teammates on the Spanish Soccer Team after the Rubiales scandal: “As players, our responsibility goes beyond the field. We have to be more than athletes. And continue fighting to have a peaceful and equal world for all.”