Lionel Messi plays down talk of being the greatest player of all time

‘It’s something I would never have dared to imagine’: Lionel Messi gives incredibly humble response as he plays down talk of being the greatest player of all time after picking up his record-breaking seventh Ballon d’Or

  •  PSG forward Lionel Messi has picked up a record-breaking seventh ballon d’Or 
  • The Argentinean spoke to French Football in an interview after his success
  • Messi’s win was considered controversial, after Robert Lewandowski missed out 

Lionel Messi insists that he has never considered himself to be the best in the world as he gave a humble interview following his recent Ballon d’Or success. 

The Argentinean made history by becoming the first person to win the award for a seventh time, beating Robert Lewandowski into second place. 

There were many within the game who were critical of the 34-year-old’s most recent success, not least Cristiano Ronaldo, who appeared to support posts on social media claiming that Messi did not deserve his most recent award. 

Lionel Messi insists he has never thought of himself as one of the greatest players of all time 

However, speaking about his standing within the game during a recent interview, Messi played down his own need to be recognised as one of the best in the word, insisting it is not something he has ever even dreamed about.  

‘I never said, thought, or even tried to come to terms with this idea [of being the greatest],’ he said in an interview with France Football.

‘For me, just being able to be considered or cited as one of the best players in the world is more than enough. It is something that I would never have dared to imagine or dream of.

‘But… I don’t know how to put it so that it’s not misinterpreted. It’s not that I’m not interested in it, but, let’s say that I don’t not give much importance to all that.

‘It doesn’t change anything for me to be the best or not. And I never tried to be either.’

Messi has scored just four times for his new club, with three coming in the Champions League

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