Lionel Messi (winner of his sixth Ballon d'Or): “I wish to thank all of the journalists who voted for me and allowed me to acquire this distinction. Thanks additionally to my teammates. It’s outstanding, thanks very a lot. Few years in the past (2009)I obtained my first Ballon d'Or right here in Paris. I used to be 22 years previous, and I had include my brother. It was one thing unthinkable on the time.
As we speak is my sixth Ballon d'Or. It's a very totally different second, lived with my household and my youngsters. As my spouse stated, it’s essential to by no means cease dreaming however at all times work to enhance and proceed to get pleasure from. I’m very fortunate, I’m blessed. I hope to proceed for a very long time. I notice that I’m very fortunate, even when, at some point, the retirement will ring. It will likely be tough. However I nonetheless have stunning years forward of me. Time goes in a short time, so I need to get pleasure from soccer and my household. “