Lionel Messi has sensationally revealed that he would swap five Ballon d'Or awards with one World Cup trophy.

Barcelona and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi has revealed that he prefers the World Cup trophy to the Ballon d’Or. The Argentine was speaking during the Ballon d'Or presser in Zurich ahead of the much-anticipated Ballon d’Or gala to be held later this evening.

The 28-year-old is one of the favourites to win the coveted award but has insisted that he would be happier if Argentina had beaten Germany in the finals of the 2014 World Cup final.

He revealed:

“The World Cup is the peak of the game,” 

“Obviously the World Cup. Definitely.”

Asked about his moment of the year, the Club World Cup winner explained:

“It’s hard to say.''

Messi is in contention for his fifth Ballon d'Or but the equally-talented Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar Jr stand between him and his quest to make history tonight. In 2015, he scored 52 goals and provided 26 assists in 61 games. Will he win the Ballon d'Or, an award that has eluded him since 2012?

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