Lionel Messi, Barcelona captain has said he is not surprised for not winning 2018 Ballon d’ Or but admitted that the award is a big prize in football.
Messi, a five times winner of the award lost out to Real Madrid ace, Luka Modric earlier this month.
The 31-year-old said he knew that this time he would not be the winner, while admitting that the Ballon d’Or is a big prize.
Speaking on the 2018 Ballon d’ Or, Marca quoted Messi as saying: “If I’m honest, I don’t give much importance to it although it is a big prize.
“I knew this season I didn’t have the chance to win it and I wasn’t surprised”.
Messi added: “As soon as I had my children, the priority was always my family. It is the most important thing. Obviously, I love football and I live for it, but family is above all.