Common sense prevails as Giorgos Giakoumakis wins 2023 MLS Newcomer over Lionel Messi

Atlanta United striker Giorgos Giakoumakis was named the 2023 MLS Newcomer of the Year on Thursday.

2023 MLS Newcomer of the Year

The 28-year-old Greek international tallied 17 goals and three assists in 27 matches (21 starts) this season.

Giakoumakis earned 45.8 percent of the votes from players, club technical staff and media to beat out fellow finalists Lionel Messi of Inter Miami CF (27.3 percent) and Eduard Lowen of St. Louis City SC (15.4).

Giakoumakis signed with Atlanta from Scotland's Celtic FC in February to replace Josef Martinez.

He is the second straight Atlanta player and third overall to win the award, joining Thiago Almada (2022) and Miguel Almiron (2017).

--Field Level Media

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