London, Jan 9(ANI): Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has admitted he wouldn't hesitate to swap one of his four Ballon d'Or trophies with a FIFA World Cup winner's medal with his country Argentina.
Messi, made history this week after claiming an unprecedented fourth Ballon D'Or on the trot, has admitted winning the World Cup with Argentina is the only thing missing in his glorious career, the Sun reports.
Lifting the World Cup will surely end the debate as to whether he is rightly hailed as the greatest player in football history.
Messi already has his rightful place in the pantheon of the game's greats but readily concedes he would swap any of his Ballon D'Or trophies for the ultimate prize in football i.e. a World Cup winner's medal.
Messi said winning the World Cup is what he is missing, adding it is true that he would swap a Ballon D'Or for the World Cup,
Messi said that he has always felt like that, and added that nothing compares with being world champion, which is his dream.
With 18 months left before the World Cup kicks off in Brazil, expectations back in his homeland are huge that Messi will finally deliver on the biggest stage.
Amazingly, for all the plaudits Messi receives in Europe, the great forward has had to withstand fierce criticism back home in Argentina.
Things reached an all-time low when Argentina flopped in the Copa America on home soil 18 months ago after losing to Uruguay on penalties in the quarterfinals.
Then Messi called for unity and since then there has been a remarkable transformation in Argentina's fortunes and they did not lose a game in 2012 and currently sit top of their group in the South American qualifiers. (ANI)