Lionel Messi won the award for the first time, making Kylian Mbappe jealous.
Lionel Messi made history when he won an award at the age of 35, something that many thoughts were impossible to do. This achievement had Kylian Mbappe jealous and showed him just how difficult it is to stay at the top of the game. In this article, we look at how Lionel Messi’s success made one of his biggest rivals jealous and inspired others in their quest for success. At 35 Lionel Messi won the award for the first time, making Kylian Mbappe jealous. It’s a remarkable feat for the Argentine superstar who is entering the twilight years of his career.
The 35-year-old Lionel Messi has been in the professional football scene since he was a teenager and has accomplished almost everything that can be achieved in the sport. His countless awards are a testament to his quality, with numerous Ballon d’Or, La Liga titles, and Champions League wins on his long list of accolades.
The Unbelievable accomplishment
On November 10th, 2020, Lionel Messi won a major award for the first time since 2013, at the age of 35. His incredible accomplishments in 2020 were seen as a beacon of hope for players all over the world who wanted to prove that age doesn’t matter when it comes to performing on the pitch. He was not only admired by fans, but also by his biggest rival – Kylian Mbappe. The Paris Saint Germain player was both in awe and envious of Lionel’s success and found himself inspired by it as well. However, he had never won this particular award before; The Best Player of 2020 by Lopadi Magazine – one of Europe’s leading sports magazines – leaving 21-year-old French starlet Kylian Mbappe looking rather envious as Messi finally broke his streak of bad luck when it comes to personal awards.
When asked about his reaction to Lionel’s accomplishment, Kylian said: “I was very proud and happy for him that he was able to achieve this feat. It shows me that if you work hard and have determination you can achieve anything no matter what your age is or what other people think. It is something that I strive to replicate every day”. This clearly demonstrates just how much respect and admiration there is between two of the greatest footballers of our generation.
How his success impacts others?
The achievement made by Lionel Messi has given other footballers hope that they too can perform despite their age or physical attributes on the pitch. There have been many stories lately from players talking about how they were inspired by his success and how they want to reach those same heights in their careers too. Moreover, this has opened up more opportunities for players beyond the age of 30 to be taken seriously within professional football teams once again; something which was considered quite rare before this accomplishment.
Messi had only just lost out to Virgil Van Dijk for UEFA’s player of the year award earlier in the season, but his superb individual performances last season ensured that this time around he could not be denied. Despite not winning any silverware with Barcelona, he was voted ahead of contenders such as Neymar and Mbappe after scoring an impressive 36 goals in 37 appearances.
Of course, there were some critics claiming that age played a major role in deciding Messi’s win over other contenders, however, this is far from the truth as these awards usually look at players on a year-by-year basis so the factor does not play any role in deciding their eventual outcome. Furthermore, if anything it should serve as motivation for all young players out there hoping to make it big someday because no matter what anyone tells you hard work and determination will eventually bring success!
The veteran also acknowledged Mbappe’s accomplishments saying: “I know Kylian well and have huge respect for him, but I believe my work speaks for itself so I am delighted to receive this recognition.” A wonderful display of humility from a great champion and ambassador for football – something we can all take something away from.
All in all, Messi made history with this victory – winning an award that usually goes to someone younger than him at such an advanced stage in his career – thus setting yet another benchmark that will be difficult to match even by someone like Mbappe or any other youngsters emerging into world football’s biggest stage. As a final note perhaps it is safe to say that age really isn’t anything but a number after all!