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The Argentina superstar Lionel Messi has claimed that he would happily swap the number of personal accolades he has received in recent seasons for the ultimate prize for a team – the World Cup.

Even though Lionel Messi has won numerous la Liga titles, Champions league titles, and several other cup competitions, he has not been successful in the national stage. He has lifted the Olympic gold medal with the Argentina national team, but apart from that, he is yet to taste success in the World Cup. After recently winning a record fourth FIFA Ballon d’Or award, the 25-year-old said that he would be happy to swap the personal accolades.

Lionel Messi has been compared with the legends of football like Diego Maradona and Pele over the last couple of seasons. He even managed a stunning 91 goals in the last calendar year. However, he is yet to match the achievements of both these players when it comes to the achievements with the national teams. Maradona and Pele have both been successful with their national teams at the World Cup. The 2014 FIFA World Cup will be held in the continent of Messi – South America. He will be at the peak of his powers at this tournament and he has already set his sights on winning it.

"Winning the World Cup is what is missing. The truth is, yes, I would swap a Ballon d'Or for the World Cup, I've always felt like that. Nothing compares with being world champion. I want to achieve things with Barcelona and with my country, which I've always said is my dream. It makes me so happy that many important people talk well of me. Each year my objective is to grow, not to stay with what I have. As for what I don't know, I want to try and learn and get better," said Messi.