Messi: 'I'd rather win Copa America or Champions League than Ballon d'Or'
- Leo Messi has won the Ballon d'Or for the sixth time in his career.
- In his interview with BarcaTV, the captain said he would gladly trade the award for a Champions League or Copa America trophy.
- The 32-year-old also emphasized that he wants to continue at Camp Nou.
Leo Messi has been awarded his record-breaking sixth Ballon d'Or during the gala in Paris. Following the event, Barca's captain commented on his future at Barcelona and revealed he would be ready to trade the individual award for a Champions League or Copa America trophy.
"Individual awards are not my goal, I always said it, and I repeat it, but they are a very nice recognition for what they mean. I would have liked to win some more Champion Leagues trophies, a Copa America trophy, before another individual prize," as Mundo Deportivo quote him saying.
"But it is special because it comes at a special moment of my life, [I'm] very happy personally and being able to share it with my family is a pleasure. I hope to play many more years, but I'm on my way to 33 and it depends on how I feel physically. Today, thank God I feel very well physically and better than ever, on a personal and physical level.
"Say something to reassure the Barca fans because I can leave at the end of the season? People know me and know that there are no problems with that issue. What I feel for this club goes beyond any signature, any contract or any paper. It's one more thing about how I feel and I want to be fine while I'm at Barca," said the Argentine.
Leo has always been a team player, so no wonder he prefers club titles over individual awards.