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Messi after receiving his second Golden Boot: “My dream is to be a Barça player when I retire”

Beyond awards, individual or otherwise, for Leo Messi the “most important thing is that I continue to grow at Barça and I’d like to continue growing until the end”. The world’ number one player received this Monday in Barcelona his second Golden Boot, recognising him as last season’s top scorer in European leagues. Besides, 5 FC Barcelona players – Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Piqué and Busquets – are among the 23 candidates for the next FIFA Ballon d’Or award.

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29 October 2012 08:12 PM

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Barcelona (FCB).- Leo Messi received this Monday in Barcelona his second Golden Boot, recognising him as last season\u2019s top scorer in European leagues, with the impressive 50 goals at La Liga. During the press conference that followed the Golden Boot award ceremony, Lionel Messi thanked FC Barcelona for giving him a chance to play football and expressed his desire to be a Barça player when he decides to hang up his boots: \u201CI\u2019m very thankful to Barça because they gave me a chance to realise my dream. My dream is to be a Barça player when I retire. The most important thing is that I continue to grow at Barça and I\u2019d like to continue growing until the end.\u201D Besides, this Monday it has been released that 5 FC Barcelona players \u2013 Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Piqué and Busquets \u2013 are among the 23 candidates for the next FIFA Ballon d\u2019Or award. It is the first time Sergio Busquets was nominated.


Messi\u2019s objectives

Messi reiterated that he\u2019s never been focused on winning individual awards, rather his objectives have always been tied to group achievements and \u201Cwinning titles.\u201D He added: \u201CMy challenge is to win the Liga, the Copa del Rey, and win the Champions League again, and that things continue to go well in the national team.\u201D The Argentinean went on to say that \u201CI have never focused on winning individual awards and I won\u2019t start now.\u201D

FC Barcelona\u2019s player admitted that he doesn\u2019t remember all of the goals he scored last season: \u201CIt\u2019s easier for me to remember the important goals, not necessarily the prettiest ones. I don\u2019t remember all the goals I scored last season, but I do remember the important ones in the Copa del Rey, the Club World Cup and the Super Cup.\u201D For Messi it\u2019s an honour to be so close to breaking the record of goals scored in a calendar year set by Pelé: \u201CIt\u2019s an honour to be so close to someone that was so big in the world of football.\u201D

Motivated by \u201Cthe desire to always win more\u201D

FC Barcelona\u2019s forward is clear that his biggest motivation is to fight on a daily basis \u201Cto always achieve more.\u201D He added: \u201CMy objective is to win as much as possible until I retire. There is really nothing that motivates me other than the desire to go above and beyond.\u201D

Ballon d'Or candidates

5 FC Barcelona players \u2013 Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Piqué and Busquets \u2013 are among the 23 candidates for the next Ballon d\u2019Or award. When Messi was asked which team-mates he would like to see on the FIFA Ballon d\u2019Or candidates list \u2013 at the time he didn\u2019t know that five Barça players had been nominated for the award \u2013 he said that he\u2019d like to see \u201Cthe whole team on the list, because anyone on the team deserves it.\u201D

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  • Leo Messi with the Golden Boot Award at Damm's Old Beer Factory in Barcelona, where the ceremony took place (by FC Barcelona)

  • Leo Messi with the Golden Boot Award at Damm's Old Beer Factory in Barcelona, where the ceremony took place (by FC Barcelona)