Lionel Messi says he doesn’t feel comfortable being a role model and never dreamed of being the best player in football history.
The Paris Saint-Germain star received the Ballon d’Or this week for the seventh time, extending his record as the man with the most wins in the award’s history.
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The Argentina international has been hailed as a role model for young players throughout his career, but Messi admits he doesn’t see himself as a role model.
What did Messi say about being a role model?
“I don’t know if I am a model,” he told France Football. “I don’t like to be a role model or to give advice.
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âI fought for my dreams. At first it was to be a professional player, then I tried to push myself and reach new goals every year.
âIn the midst of all of this, there is also an element of luck. It also depends on God, and I believe that he chose to make it all happen to me.â
Is Messi the best player of all time?
The 34-year-old’s latest success has rejuvenated the debate over his place in the history of the game.
The former Barcelona star has faced comparisons with compatriot Diego Maradona since the start of his playing years, as he faced Cristiano Ronaldo for the reputation of being the best player of the moment.
But Messi says he doesn’t know if he’s the greatest in history, saying: âI never said, thought or even tried to accept this idea.
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âFor me, just being able to be considered or cited as one of the best players in the world is more than enough. It’s something I would never have dared to imagine or dream of.
“But … I don’t know how to say it so that it’s not misinterpreted … It’s not that I’m not interested, but, let’s say I don’t give much importance to all of that. It doesn’t make any difference to me whether I’m the best or not. And I never tried to be either. “