FRANCE – Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, has made it clear he intends to do more, after claiming his record-breaking sixth Ballon d’Or on Monday.
Messi was awarded the prize in Paris on Monday ahead of Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo.
After being confirmed as winner, Messi sent out a message to his rivals, stating that he was keen on winning more.
“I would like to thank the journalists who voted for me and have chosen me. And that allowed me to have this distinction. I want to thank my teammates in my club. This is remarkable. Thank you so much,” he told L’Equipe.
“A few years ago, I received my first Ballon d’Or in Paris. And it was unthinkable what I was living at the time. Now I have a sixth. It’s a different moment.
“I want to thank my family and my children. My wife told me that I must never stop dreaming, working, improving and have fun. I want to thank God.
“I’m happy to live this, on a personal level and also on the sporting side. I try every time to improve myself. I have the belief that I can always do more. This prize is always special, but what matters most is collective success.”