FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has insisted that he does not consider himself the world's best footballer.
The 30-year-old, who is preparing for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with Argentina, is regarded by many as one of the all-time greats of the game, despite not winning a major competition with his national team.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner, who is adored by millions around the world, has now insisted that he does not put himself on a pedestal, as many may think.
"I do not consider myself the best, I think I am just another player," Messi said in an interview with Paper Magazine.
"On the field, we are all the same when the game begins."
The Argentina captain also spoke about his side's chances at the World Cup, saying that he hopes they will be at their best by the time the tournament starts.
"It will be important to prepare well because, in the qualifiers, we were fighting up to the end, and we did not have time to prepare ourselves," he added.
"We still have to make ourselves stronger as a team to be in the running to win and be at the same level as other teams like France, Germany, Brazil or Spain.
"But we have a functional group of players and the Argentine team is always going to be a candidate to win, it does not matter how we get there.
"We always aim to win, and we will try to go slowly but strongly to advance in the competition."
Messi made 54 appearances for the Blaugrana in 2017/18, scoring 45 goals and assisting a further 18 strikes.
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