Lionel Messi presenting his Ballon d'Or award before a match.
Nowadays, FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is world football’s most rewarded player, but the No. 10 forward says it is not his four Ballon d’Or awards that had the most impact on his life.
Messi recently registered yet another feat in history when he beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta on Jan. 7 to win his fourth Ballon d’Or award.
But despite his determination to achieve the most for his club, it was not his most valuable rewards that had the most significant effect on his life.
In an interview with El Periódico, the former treble winner recalled the unforgettable day when his missus, Antonella Roccuzzo, made him a father by giving birth to baby boy, Thiago.
Barcelona’s official website quoted Messi saying:
My son has changed my life more than the Ballon d’Or [awards] have.
When I look at life, think about each moment, when I analyze every situation…Now everything is different.
Still, speaking of his great image in the world of sports, Messi asserted that he had difficulties accepting comparisons with other renowned athletes.
It is crazy that I am compared to athletes like Michael Jordan, Usain Bolt or Muhammad Ali. I do not like comparisons.
Who am I to compare myself to someone else? I do my job and when [my career] is over, we will see how well I have done.