Adidas gifted Lionel Messi 8 rings to celebrate his milestone for a record 8 Ballon d’OR win, after the Argentine clinch the trophy ahead of Erling Haaland on October 30th 2023.
Since winning his first Ballon d’OR in 2009, Messi went on to win seven more across three decades. He ultimately became the highest holder of the Ballon d’OR and the only footballer to have won the prestigious trophy across three different decades.
While the Messi’s achievements is being celebrated all over the World, Adidas decided to make it even special by gifting Messi 8 golds rings with each symbolizing each Ballon d’OR trophy and an historic achievement he had that year.
2009 – El Beso: Commemorates Messi’s boot kissing celebration in the Champions League final against Manchester United.
2010 – Apunta Al Cielo: Paying tribute to his mystical gesture dedicated to his grandmother “Celia.”
2011 – GOAT: Symbolizing his role as one of the figure head of one of the greatest team in football history, Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona.
2012 – 91: Marking the historic record of 91 goals in a calendar year.
2015 – 4 UCL: Celebrating his last Champions League victory, his forth in total.
2019 – 6 Boots: Commemorating his final golden shoe win. A remarkable 6.
2021 – South American Champion: Acknowledging his Copa America triumph where he was the best player and highest goalscorer.
2023 – 3 Stars: An honour for Argentina’s World Cup Championship.