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Lionel Messi would trade his five Ballon d’Ors for one World Cup

Photo credit: AFP.

Photo credit: AFP.

Lionel Messi said on Monday he would swap all his individual awards including five Ballon d’Or trophies for a single World Cup win.

Asked what he would choose between his plethora of Ballon d’Or awards and a World Cup, the 28-year-old said: “The World Cup, of course.”

He added: “Team awards are more important than individual ones.”

Messi and his Argentina teammates came close to winning the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 but were beaten 1-0 by Germany in the final.

But the striker said the World Cup “is every player’s objective, it’s really the pinnacle.”

Messi was the big favourite to win the award as he was the star of Barcelona’s treble success last season as they picked up the Champions League, La Liga and Spanish Cup trophies before adding the Club World Cup last month.

“Every year I try to improve on the previous year. I’m delighted to have achieved everything I have with this club,” he added.

With Barca, his only club, Messi has won the Champions League four times, the Spanish league seven times, three Spanish Cups and a host of other trophies such as the Spanish Super Cup, European Super Cup and Club World Cup.

Messi and Ronaldo, 30, have hogged the Ballon d’Or between them since 2008.

Asked which of Messi’s attributes he would like to have, Real Madrid and Portugal star Ronaldo said: “Maybe his left foot. Mine isn’t bad either but I think his is a little bit better.”

Unlike Messi, Ronaldo is right-footed but know for his ambidexterity, whereas the Argentine is far more one-footed.

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