Year after year media from all over the world has speculated on the debate of who is the best – is it Cristiano Ronaldo or is it Lionel Messi?
Football news: I do not want to be the best, I just want to win more trophies: Messi
But the Argentinian wizard does not want any competition nor does he want to be compared with the Portuguese superstar. He is just out there to win countless trophies both for his club and country.
The duo have shared the Ballon d’Or, the award given to the best football player of the year, since 2008, and have won five trophies each. The only other player to win the trophy apart from these two was Kaká in 2007.
Messi acknowledged that he is not interested to be the best, but has also said that seeing Ronaldo and co. in another Champions League final gives him extra motivation to succeed.
He told TyC sports in an interview, "I don't compete with Cristiano. It stimulates me to see them win leagues or to be in the Champions League final. I want to win La Liga and the Champions League together."
"It's not an objective to be the best in history. The fact that these things are spoken of about me, well, that's that. I never set out to be the best, second best, third or fourth.
"I compete to improve myself year after year, to surpass what I have done before. The more trophies I've won at the end of the season, the better, and obviously with the national team, which is something I still don't have," continued Messi.
Ronaldo started his career in Sporting CP before becoming a huge success in Manchester United and later became Real Madrid’s greatest scorer when he joined the club in 2009. Messi’s entire career has been spent at Camp Nou and the 30-year-old feels that it is not necessary to shift camps to prove haters wrong.
"I don't need to go to another team to show anything to anyone," he said. "You look at other leagues, but at the moment of deciding, it's very difficult to leave Barcelona."
Barcelona took back the domestic title from the Los Blancos who had won it the previous season under Zinedine Zidane.
Madrid had an inconsistent domestic campaign and nervy moments in Champions League in knockout stages against Juventus and Bayern Munich. But still Messi thinks that their will to fight on should be applauded.
"It's something they have," he said. "Playing badly, they win, and sometimes that costs us a little bit. We have to be far superior against them to win."
Messi will soon feature in the national team jersey as they go into the 2018 World Cup with the hope to do better than the previous one, where they ended up runners-up when they lost to Germany in the final.
Messi had previously taken retirement due to World Cup final defeat coupled with back-to-back Copa America finals defeat to Chile. But later he came back and helped his team to qualify for the 2018 mega tournament.
Talking about his comeback Messi said, "After saying the words, I thought about it with a cool head and realised that leaving the national team gave the wrong message to the youngsters and the people who fight for their dreams. You have to keep trying.
"The fact we were finalists and weren't able to win is a weight that we carry. We want to overcome that barrier."
Argentina were recently defeated by Spain 6-1 in a friendly match in which Messi had not played due to injury. But Messi says that the score-line does not tell the true story of the match.
"It was a false result because Argentina were much better in the first half, had more possession for quite some time, and that's not at all easy," Messi concluded.