Lionel Messi has shared his perspective on the possibility of winning a record-breaking eighth Ballon d’Or, suggesting that he doesn’t attach much importance to the award.
The Inter Miami star made these comments during an interview with Argentine comedian Migue Granados at his $10 million home in Florida. The interview was broadcast on OLGA and covered various topics, including the Ballon d’Or.
Messi is among the 30 nominees for the Ballon d’Or, with the winner set to be announced in October. In an earlier interview, Messi had already expressed that he wouldn’t be overly concerned about winning or not winning the award.
During his conversation with Granados, the Argentine legend emphasized that, in his career, team achievements hold greater significance to him than individual accolades. He expressed gratitude for having had the opportunity to win every major trophy he’s competed for throughout his career.
“The Ballon d’Or is a beautiful honor but I was fortunate enough to win everything in football. The Champions League, league titles, Copa America, World Cup and others. These are more important awards.”
Lionel Messi has indeed won the Ballon d’Or seven times during his illustrious career, with his most recent victory in 2021. His seven Ballon d’Or wins make him the player with the most titles in the history of the award, surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won it five times.