- Lionel Messi has admitted he knew he would not be in the fight for the 2018 Ballon d'Or award
- The Argentine for the first time in eight years finished out of the top three as Modric won the 2018 edition
- Messi also made it clear that he is not interested in leaving the Spanish La Liga
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has explained that he never thought he would be in contention for the 2018 Ballon d'Or award which was won by Real Madrid star Luka Modric.
Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d'Or award five times in his career, and apart from losing this year's title to Luka Modric, the Argentine also failed to finish among the top three.
He finished fifth in the final standings, behind Modric, France World Cup winners Antoine Griezman and Kylian Mbappe as well as long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
Messi has now claimed according to the latest report by Marca that the result of the 2018 Ballon d'Or award did not surprise him.
''I heard the nominees for the Ballon d'Or and I knew I would not be in the fight,''.
He also responded to Cristiano Ronaldo's challenge that he should leave the Spanish La Liga for a move to the Italian Serie A.
”Accepting Ronaldo's challenge to join Italian football? I don't need any change. I'm at the best team in the world.
"My challenges are renewed year after year. I do not need to change team or League to set new goals. I am at home and I do not need to change,'' Messi told Marca.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi made it clear that French club Paris-Saint-Germain will not allow Brazilian football star Neymar to leave the club for a return to the Spanish La Liga.
18 months ago, Neymar left current Spanish champions Barcelona for a world record move to PSG, and ever since he moved to France, he has been linked with a return to Spain.
Real Madrid were in July this year said to be looking for his signature as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo who has joined Italian champions Juventus.
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