Lionel Messi Sets New Record By Winning the Olimpia de Oro Award For Best Athlete In Argentina 2023

Published 12/20/2023, 6:49 AM EST

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One name stands above the rest – Lionel Messi. This Tuesday, under the spotlight of the Circle of Sports Journalists (CPD), Messi added yet another accolade to his career. The Olimpia de Oro Award, the highest honor given by the CPD, found its way into the hands of the Inter Miami star. This victory led to another historic record being set by Argentina’s greatest ever.

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The Olimpio de Oro award is bestowed upon the nation’s finest athletes and has long held a mythical status in Argentina. Let’s find out about this new addition to Messi’s laden trophy cabinet and his new record.

Lionel Messi becomes Argentina’s best athlete once again!

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In a year that witnessed Lionel Messi’s awe-inspiring 18-year run in the European soccer ended, many questioned what lay ahead. However, after clinching a record eighth Ballon d’Or a few months back, La Pulga has now added Olimpia de Oro as a crown jewel in his collection.

With the win in 2023, Lionel Messi is now propelled into an exclusive realm of his own. He is now the only athlete in history to claim the coveted title four times. This milestone is a testament to Messi’s enduring excellence and his massive impact on Argentine sports. However, this year’s Olimpia de Oro held a surprise of its own. In a rare turn of events, Messi shared the spotlight with another remarkable Argentine athlete, Bethlehem Casetta, an Olympic runner.

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The Argentine sports association witnessed only its second-ever instance of a shared Golden Olympia. The first time it occurred was way back in 2004 when Emanuel Ginobili and Carlos Tevez jointly received the honor. Lionel Messi also entered the Silver Olympia’s list for the record sixteenth time, which itself is a remarkable feat.

Messi remembers Argentina’s World Cup triumph

A year ago, Lionel Messi created history with Argentina after clinching the FIFA World Cup title in Qatar. On the anniversary of the win, the Argentina NT captain shared a heartwarming note with the fans on Instagram. The star recalled their triumph as the most beautiful moment of his career. He also stated that it will forever be a memorable tournament in his life.

 

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As the echoes and chants of Messi reverberate across Argentina, the 36-year-old star will be aiming to bring more glory to his nation. It’ll be interesting to see what comes next for Argentina’s best-ever soccer legend (arguably!)

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Sahil Sharma

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I am Sahil Sharma, a dedicated soccer writer with a profound commitment to the beautiful game. My journey as a soccer enthusiast dates back to my childhood, but it was in 2014, when Real Madrid clinched their historic 10th UEFA Champions League title, the famed La Decima, that my passion for the sport truly ignited. That momentous triumph transformed me into an ardent Madridista.
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