Argentina star, Lionel Messi, has admitted he is jealous of Diego Maradona for winning the World Cup trophy.
The 26-year-old has already participated in two World Cup’s but wasn’t able to emulate Maradona after dropping out at quarter-final stage twice.
"I was jealous. It was healthy jealousy. I wanted to trade places with them," he told ESPN when asked how he felt watching Maradona, Pele and Beckenbauer lift the prestigious trophy.
"And no matter how much I ask, they can't fully explain how it feels to win a World Cup.
"I want to be world champion but not to change the perception of others towards me, or to achieve greatness like they say, but to reach the goal with my national team and to add a World Cup to my list of titles.
"I've grown a lot (since the 2006 and 2010 tournaments). Lots of things have happened to me, good and bad, which helped me grow as a person and a professional."
Messi also insisted he is his hardest critic and confirmed he will play football as long as he is enjoying it.
"I always want to be better, I am my own number one critic," he said.
"The only thing that matters is playing. I have enjoyed it since I was a small boy. I still try to do that every time I go out onto the pitch.
"I always say that, when it's no longer enjoyable or fun to play, then I won't do it anymore. I do it because I love it and that's all I care about.”
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