Lionel Messi meets Inter Miami's stars of the future as the newly-crowned Ballon d'Or winner shows off his latest award to academy youngsters before posing for photos

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By Tyrell Feaster For Dailymail.Com

Published: 21:53 EDT, 2 November 2023 | Updated: 21:57 EDT, 2 November 2023

Inter Miami superstar Lionel Messi brought his latest Ballon d'Or grant backmost to nan squad module and showed it disconnected to nan players successful nan younker academy connected Thursday.

Miami's academy posted a video showing clips of Messi interacting pinch youngsters while posing for group pictures pinch nan squad and nan trophy.

The 36-year-old precocious won his eighth Ballon d'Or prize aft edging retired nan likes of Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe.

The video posted connected X showed him carrying a ample lawsuit containing nan trophy into 1 of nan buildings astatine Miami's believe analyzable earlier being greeted by nan awaiting younker players.

Messi past took nan clip to speech handshakes and hugs pinch 1 group of players earlier taking a group photograph and past repeating nan process pinch a younger team.

Lionel Messi showed disconnected nan Ballon d'Or grant to nan younker academy teams astatine Inter Miami

Messi precocious won his eighth Ballon d'Or trophy, beating Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe

He was past joined connected nan section arsenic he took photos pinch some groups of players and their coaches.

Miami president and co-owner David Beckham presented Messi pinch nan Ballon d'Or aft he saw disconnected nan likes of Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappe, and Kevin de Bruyne to triumph his eighth crown.

The Argentina captain's declare to nan Ballon d'Or came from his heroics astatine nan World Cup past December, erstwhile he scored 7 goals to animate his state to a historical victory. Shortly after, he near Paris Saint-Germain successful a grounds breaking woody to subordinate Miami.

Despite missing nan MLS playoffs, Messi's effect was contiguous pinch Miami bottommost of nan convention earlier his arrival. Within 2 months, he led nan squad to its first nine trophy aft winning nan inaugural Leagues Cup successful August. 

In September, Miami appeared astatine nan US Open Cup last but mislaid to nan Houston Dynamo. 

As for nan MLS regular season, Messi only played successful six games owed to injuries and world duties. Through those games, he scored a extremity and 2 assists.

Messi and his teammates successful Miami had been precocious preparing for a short travel to China that would person included 2 friendlies, nevertheless nan circuit was precocious canceled owed to unforeseen circumstances.

The circuit promoter, NSN, said nan determination to cancel was retired of respect to Chinese officials pursuing nan decease past week of nan country's erstwhile second-ranking leader, Li Keqiang. He was China's apical economical charismatic for a decade. 

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