Messi: I Knew I Would Not Be In Ballon d'Or Fight

Messi: I Knew I Would Not Be In Ballon d'Or Fight

"I played in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal, in the national team, while he is still in Spain". I don't need any change. "I wasn't surprised because I didn't expect anything", he added.

Despite all the success that Messi has had on the football pitch, he has insisted that there is still one higher priority in his life. "Like me, accept the challenge".

Messi and Ronaldo have been at the centre of football's most intense rivalry, with their battle in LaLiga lasting for the better part of a decade. I don't need any change.

"My challenges are renewed year after year". I do not need to change teams or leagues to set new goals.

Messi poses in front of his Golden Boot awards.

Messi is enjoying another good season with Barcelona, having scored 21 goals in just 20 matches in all competitions.

"The rivalry with Cristiano was very healthy and very lovely for the spectators", he said about the competition with the Portuguese.

On the Ballon d'Or, five-time victor Messi admitted: "If I'm honest, I don't give much importance to it although it is a big prize".

Messi and Ronaldo held a stranglehold on the coveted prize since 2008.

Croatian Luka Modric has enjoyed the best moment of his career this year.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi told Marca about rivalry with Juventus newcomer Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as about work with Pep Guardiola and Ballon d'Or award ceremony.

"I heard the nominees for the Ballon d'Or and I knew I would not be in the fight", he said about finishing fifth, with Luka Modric winning the award.

In snippets released from the interview, Messi said, "I love football, but family is above everything".

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