FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is one of the favourites to lift this year’s Ballon d’Or, and he has now revealed how he really feels about the "strange" award.
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The Argentine has won the award five times, but his last Golden Ball dates back to 2015.
Many see Messi as favourite to win this year’s edition of the award, after he netted 51 goals and assisted another 22 in all competitions last season.
The 32-year-old himself, though, is not so sure whether he will be in line to win another Golden Ball, which will be awarded by L’Equipe in December.
“I don’t know. The Ballon d’Or is strange, no one really knows who is the favourite,” he told Sport.
“Recently they’ve looked more at the club’s results, which isn’t a bad thing.
“Sometimes it’s been for the World Cup which not everyone values the same. I don’t know.
“Honestly, there isn’t a specific line on which you can define the Ballon d’Or winner.
“I’ve never felt I was the favourite or not. As I’ve said before, individual awards are secondary to me.”
Messi also opened up about his side missing out on the Uefa Champions League and Copa del Rey trophies last season.
“It wasn’t a great year for how it ended but we had a great season until the last two games,” he explained.
“Our elimination from the Champions League made our entire season look bad when we did really well.
“We were close to achieving the treble but that one game ruined it all. After that, playing in the final of the Copa del Rey was difficult.
“In the second half, we played well but we have it away in the first half. Of course, it looks like a ‘bad season’ because we only won LaLiga. We didn’t achieve our goals.”
The Argentine is currently sidelined with a foot injury, and it is yet to be seen when he will return to the pitch.
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