Messi reveals World Cup dream

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Lionel Messi has insisted that he cares about winning trophies with Barcelona more than about individual glory.

The 25-year-old is widely regarded as the greatest player in the world today, but his impact on the pitch is of little importance to the little Argentine, compared to how he will be remembered as a person.

Messi's contribution at Camp Nou has seen him break endless records in Spain, and whilst the individual accolades are nice, his main focus remains winning team titles, and achieving success with his national side.

"I prefer winning titles with Barcelona over setting new records or winning individual trophies," he told El Pais. "I am more concerned with being a good person than with being the best player in the world.

"When I retire, I want to be remembered as a good guy. Scoring goals is nice, but I also want to have made friends among the people I've played with.

"Individual awards are nice and I'm thankful for winning them. But I wouldn't have won anything without the help of my colleagues. I am fortunate to be playing for this club with all these great players. I'm just trying to help the team."

The prolific forward also spoke about his ambitions with the national side, as Argentina look to win their first World Cup since 1986.

And, looking ahead to the 2014 tournament in Brazil, Messi says there is no better opportunity to win the competition on his own continent.

"I think we're on the right track with Argentina," he continued. "[Alejandro] Sabella has got things very clear. He knows what he wants and how to transmit it to the team.

"Winning the 2014 World Cup is a dream. I would really love to make that happen. It would mean a lot for Argentina and for myself."

Argentina are currently top of their World Cup qualifying group with 14 points from seven games.

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