Paris Saint-Germain forward, Lionel Messi has revealed he’s grateful to be mentioned among the greatest players in world football.
The former Barcelona playmaker however stressed that he doesn’t attach too much importance to the individual award.
The 34-year old was on Monday awarded the winner of the Ballon d’Or for a record of seventh time, beating Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Chelsea’s Jorginho to the award.
After emerging as the La Liga’s highest goalscorer last season and winning the Copa America for the first time with his country last July, the Paris Saint-Germain forward added the prestigious trophy to his 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2019 wins.
Messi in an interview with French newspaper L’Equipe, said: “For me, the mere fact that I can be considered or cited as one of the best players in the world is more than enough,”
“I don’t know how to say it so it won’t be misinterpreted… It’s not that I’m not interested, but I don’t attach much importance to it. It doesn’t matter to me if I’m the best or not. And I’ve never tried to be the best either.”
“I fought for my dreams. At first it was to be a professional player, then I tried to excel and reach new goals every year,” Messi said.
“In the middle of all this, there is also a part of luck. It also depends on God, I believe he chose for all this to happen to me.”
Messi left his boyhood club Barcelona and joined PSG on a two-year deal. He remains Barcelona’s record scorer with 672 goals.