Tuesday, 10 December 2019 | 18:16 WIB

Lionel Messi on Ballon d’Or: I Can Still do Better

Lionel Messi on Ballon d'Or: I Can Still do Better (bleacherreport)

PARIS, NETRALNEWS.COM - Lionel Messi admits that he  could give a better performance on and off the football pitch, even after claiming his record sixth Ballon d'Or on Tuesday (12/03/2019).

The Barcelona and Argentine national team captain was named the world's best football player in 2019 in Paris on Tuesday (12/03/2019). Messi defeated other candidates such as Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The award was given after he again created 40 goals in a season and led Barca to win La Liga last season.

However, despite all his records and awards, Messi said that he was not satisfied because he was still confident he could compete at the highest level for some time.

"I want to thank the journalists who chose me, and that allows me to have this recognition. I want to thank my teammates at the club (Barcelona). This is incredible. Thank you very much," he said to L 'Equipe, as reported by Goal, after receiving the golden ball award.

"A few years ago, I received my first Ballon d'Or in Paris. And at that time, my feelings were extraordinary. Now I have the sixth. This is a different moment."

"I want to thank my family and children. My wife told me that I should not stop dreaming, working, continuing to improve and have fun. I want to thank God."

"I am happy to go through this, on a personal level and also in sports. I try to improve myself every time. I am always confident that I can always give more. This award is always special, but the most important is collective success," he said.

Messi hopes to get more Ballons d'Or in the future, even though he will turn 33 in June.

Although not yet showing signs of a decline in performance, the Barcelona star player estimates that Kylian Mbappe can win the Ballon d'Or in the future.

"I can't imagine it. I never would have thought I could win this (Ballon d'Or) one time," he said.

"However, I am very happy. This is a proud acknowledgment. Maybe I will win more. Maybe, I don't know when. Kylian Mbappe can too. Surely he is a great player."

Messi and Barcelona will face Mallorca at the weekend, with the Argentine scoring the winning goal in last week's match against Atletico Madrid.

Barca currently top the La Liga standings, but they have the same points as Real Madrid and are only one point ahead of third-ranked Sevilla.