'It's a special one because I'm nearing my retirement': Messi drops Ballon d'Or admission
- Leo Messi received his 6th Ballon d'Or.
- The player says particular award is an important one because he is getting closer to his retirement.
- Nonetheless, the Argentine is set to continue working hard and improving day by day.
Leo Messi has been awarded the Ballon d'Or, the first one coming in 2009. Ten years later, the forward sets a new world record as he wins the award for the sixth time in his career. After being handed the award, Barca captain admitted that this year's Ballon d'Or is a special one, as he is getting closer to ending his career.
"Thank God I can do what I love since I was one or two years old, [I hope] God is willing me to give several more years to continue enjoying football. I am aware of how old I am and these moments are much more enjoyable because the moment of my retirement is approaching and it is difficult.
"I repeat, although I have several more years left, at the moment it seems that time flies and everything happens very fast. I hope to continue enjoying football, as well as, my family, rivals and this life that I have," Mundo Deportivo quote the Argentine saying.
"I remember coming to Paris to receive my first Ballon d'Or with my three brothers. I was just 22 at the time and it was something incredible. Now, 10 years later everything is different, it's a very special moment in my personal life. Now I have a wife and three children, who accompanied me along with my brother and nephew.
"As my wife said in the message, in all this time I never stopped dreaming, I continued wanting to grow, wanting to improve day by day."