Lionel Messi beat Van Dijk to clinch best men’s footballer for the year 2019
The Argentine is keen to break records following his sixth ballon d’or award, and has fired warning to Cristiano Ronaldo and other rivals saying – “I’m going to enjoy this with my family, because those times when it’s possible to do it do not last long,”
“Tomorrow we will have to focus again on other objectives, I am already focused on the future, this gives me great pride, it gives me a lot of strength to continue my work” – he added.
“To the journalists and my colleagues with whom I win and lose, I remember my first Ballon D’Or in Paris, when I arrived with my brothers – now I pick up the sixth, and this was absolutely unthinkable.”
Messi continued – “I never stopped dreaming and enjoying football like when I was a child, I hope I have more years to enjoy, although I am aware of how old I am, everything happens very quickly and I know that the moment of withdrawal (retirement) is approaching.” [mirror.co.uk]