Second in 2013 and 2014 in the battle for the Ballon d’Or, Leo Messi reclaimed the award in 2015 for a record fifth time. “The last two Ballon d’Or for Cristiano Ronaldo were well deserved” he says in an interview with France Football magazine. “I feel happy to come back and win it this year.”
For the Argentine individual awards are not an obsession, unlike collective prizes. “If another Ballon d’Or comes then perfect, but if not then that’s fine as well. I am not obsessed with the award. In contrast, I do have an obsession with winning team titles,” admitted the Barça number 10. ‘Proud’ to have been amongst the top three for the last nine years at the Ballon d’Or, Messi still has one overriding desire: to win trophies with Barça and Argentina.
The Messi that last won the prize back in 2012 is a very different beast to the one now. “My son has made me grow and I see football in a different way now” he says. “I love this sport, I adore it but now when