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Lionel Messi has rewritten history yet again. The Argentine won his eighth Ballon d’Or yesterday. The Inter Miami forward has won the award three times more than the Al-Nassr superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo. With a fan base stretching to the Pacific, Messi captured the hearts and minds of fans across generations. Due to this, many fans consider the veteran a role model. Recently, after his Ballon d’Or success, the Brazilian President gave his flowers by calling him a ‘real idol.’

Despite Neymar‘s legacy and status, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, aka Lula, has called the Argentine an idol and an example for people to follow. These comments by the leader have caught the media’s attention as the netizens took online to rejoice. 

Brazilian President refers to Lionel Messi as “Real idol”

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Brazilian President Lula da Silva has caught the limelight after referring to Lionel Messi as a ‘ Real idol.’ With Neymar out injured for Al Hilal, the president questioned his country’s talent pool. With Ronaldo Nazario, Ronaldinho, and Neymar, the country boasted icons to market their game. But whose next? 

The president stated, “A man who’s 36 years old. He was World Champion and this year won the Ballon d’Or. He should be an inspiration for kids who are on TV and then disappear. How many years since Brazil has had a real idol like him? 

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Lula’s conviction lies in the notion that Brazil has not experienced the fortune of possessing a legitimate idol akin to Messi in recent years. He admires the longevity and mentality of the former PSG superstar. Fans have witnessed Brazil blessed with some of the finest soccer stars of all time. Their current superstar, Neymar, is one of the most exciting players on the watch.

The Brazilians idolize him and remain one of the role models for the kids. However, he suffered an ACL injury that will keep him out for the rest of the season. But Lula has praised Messi after his stunning season. The player led Argentina from the front and fetched them a World Cup. 

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Lionel Messi’s fantastic campaign last season

Lionel Messi had an impeccable campaign last season. He played an instrumental part in Argentina’s World Cup success. Messi scored seven goals and became the first man to manage a goal in every knockout round. Moreover, he won the Golden Ball in the tournament as he won it twice. Apart from his international success, Messi was involved in more than 30 goals for PSG last season. He won Ligue 1 and the Trophee des Champions with the French giants.

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Despite being 36, Messi is still delivering the goods for his new side, Inter Miami. He has thoroughly revolutionized soccer status in the USA as world-class players jump the ship to the MLS. He is the club captain. Despite the Herons failing to qualify for the playoffs this season, Messi will be keen to play an entire season in the MLS and help Inter Miami achieve their dreams. 

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Mohd Rumman Chak

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Rumman is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. His deep-rooted passion for the beautiful game has been cultivated over 13 years of avidly following and playing soccer at the National level, not once, but twice. Engaging in sports debates and quizzes since his school days enriched his knowledge of the sport, and the virtual realm of FIFA video games helped him to develop valuable insights into the dynamics of soccer, all of which now lay a solid foundation for his role as a contemporary soccer writer.
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