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Messi not fazed by hype

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Lionel Messi insists that he is ignoring the hype surrounding his performances for Barcelona, as pundits and fans alike discuss whether or not the midfielder is currently the best footballer in the world.

With 202 goals under his belt for the Catalan giants, Messi is one of the most revered footballers of his generation. The star is currently favourite to win the Ballon d’Or award, and is has been compared to Pele and Maradona.

But the 24-year-old, who could become the second player in history to win three Ballon d’Or’s in a row after Michel Platini, says that individual accolades aren’t a priority, but trophies with the team are.

"I am not interested in such comparisons and don't play to be the best in the world. I am playing for the good of the team and want to win trophies", he told France Football.

"When I hang up my boots, I want to be remembered as a good player, but I don't care whether I'm the best. I want to be remembered for the titles I won, both with the team and individual trophies."

Recently Brazliian legend Pele said that he would be happy to send the youngster his DVD, after Messi admitted that he had never seen the superstar in action.

And Messi insisted that while Pele hasn’t honoured his promise to hand over the visual archive yet, he is looking forward to picking up some tips from one of the best.

"I would love to see Pele in action, but he still hasn't sent me the DVD of his goals,'' Messi explained.

''Everyone says he was an extraordinary player, but I can't form an opinion without having seen him play.''

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