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Lionel Messi wants more than just accolades

Published on Oct 1, 2012 6:09 PM
Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (center) celebrates after Barcelona's forward David Villa scored during the Spanish league football match between Sevilla FC and FC Barcelona on Sept 29, 2012 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (REUTERS) - Lionel Messi wants to be remembered as a good friend and colleague to his teammates rather than as the best player in the world, the Argentine said in an interview on Monday.

The 25-year-old Barcelona forward has won three consecutive World Player of the Year awards, and is expected to be in the running for a fourth this year, after scoring an unprecedented 73 goals in all competitions last season.

"I prefer to win titles with the team ahead of individual awards or scoring more goals than anyone else," Messi told Spanish daily EL Pais.

"I am more worried about being a good person than being the best football player in the world. When all this is over, what are you left with?

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