If there is one man who knows a thing or two about winning the Ballon d’Or, it is Lionel Messi.
The most coveted individual award, the Ballon d’Or is a French award given to the world’s best footballer. While most sportsmen journey all their life to reach that summit once or even get nominated for it, Lionel Messi has made it his home.
He has won the prestigious award no less than 5 times and could be set to win again this December.
He scored an incredible 51 goals last season and looks set to go one better this time again. The man himself has now revealed what the trophy means to him.
“It is a beautiful recognition and perhaps the most special was the first,” he told Otro.
“It is something that comes from the collective. Without having achieved all the collective successes that we had to achieve, I wouldn’t have been able to get these individual awards.”
“The image of the three nominees for the Ballon d’Or, it was special for us because of the friendship we have,” he said.
“Being so long in the same club, all three living practically the same during our whole careers and special for the club.
“For what it means, the truth, it was impressive.”