Featured Matches
Previous
Lille
FC Porto
ESPNDeportes 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
NK Maribor
Celtic
6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Standard Liege
Zenit St Petersburg
ESPN3 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Stjarnan
Internazionale
9:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Fulham
Wolverhampton Wanderers
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Colorado Rapids
Los Angeles Galaxy
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Seattle Sounders FC
San Jose Earthquakes
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
AaB
Apoel Nicosia
ESPN3 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Lille
FC Porto
ESPNDeportes 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
NK Maribor
Celtic
6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Slovan Bratislava
BATE Borisov
ESPN3 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Standard Liege
Zenit St Petersburg
ESPN3 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Hajduk Split
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Stjarnan
Internazionale
9:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Fulham
Wolverhampton Wanderers
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Livingston
Heart of Midlothian
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Colorado Rapids
Los Angeles Galaxy
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Seattle Sounders FC
San Jose Earthquakes
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
DC United
Waterhouse
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
CD FAS
Montreal Impact
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Nacional Potosí
Libertad
9:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
UTC
Deportivo Cali
9:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
General Díaz
Cobresal
11:15 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Peñarol
Wilstermann
11:15 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Deportivo La Guaira
Atlético Nacional
1:30 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
River Plate
Colón de Santa Fe
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Guadalajara
Zacatepec
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Puebla
Necaxa
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Altamira
Queretaro
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
At. San Luis
Monterrey
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Veracruz
Lobos BUAP
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Figueirense FC
Botafogo
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Santos FC
Atletico Paranaense
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Sport
Palmeiras
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Bahia
Criciúma
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Coritiba FBC
EC Vitória
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Chapecoense AF
Fluminense FC
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Flamengo
Atlético MG
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Internacional
São Paulo
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Western Sydney Wanderers
Guangzhou Evergrande
1
0
LIVE 68'
Leg 1
Game Details
Pohang Steelers
FC Seoul
0
0
LIVE 0'
Leg 1
Game Details
Free State Stars
SuperSport United
4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Bidvest Wits
Maritzburg Utd
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Chippa United
Pretoria Univ
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Moroka Swallows
Mamelodi Sundowns
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Mpumalanga Black Aces
Silver Stars
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Orlando Pirates
Amazulu
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Saprissa
Santos
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Sky Blue FC
Houston Dash
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Next
Jan 7, 2013

Messi: 2012 not my best year

Barcelona star Lionel Messi says that, even if he wins a record fourth successive Ballon d'Or award, 2012 will not have been the best year of this career.

Messi was speaking as he and his fellow nominees for the award, Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta, were presented to the media ahead of Monday night's gala awards ceremony in Zurich.

Despite his goal tally of 91, the lack of major trophies with Barcelona, such as the Champions League or Primera Division, means other years have been better, Messi claimed.

"This has not been my best year," Messi said. "I am more interested in team awards than individual awards. There were other years when we won more trophies, so they were better."

Ronaldo, who won the Ballon D'Or award in 2008, said he was relaxed about this year's decision, as he had already won important trophies with Real Madrid this season.

"For me to be here with these great players makes me proud," he said. "Honestly, I am relaxed. It is not a prize of life or death. If I do not win, it is not important, life goes on. We won La Liga and the Spanish Supercopa. I have achieved things no matter what happens today."

Iniesta, a 2010 runner-up and bidding to become the first Spanish winner of the award since Luis Suarez in 1960, said just being on the three-man shortlist was "incredible" and "special".

"(As a boy) you have the motivation to grow and to be the best, but you never think about being here," Iniesta said. "It is incredible. To be here is special because there are many players of a great level. To be here with Cristiano and Leo already makes me happy."

Both Ronaldo and Messi were asked whether their regular competition for individual awards led to any rivalry or frustration between them on a personal level.

"I do not feel frustrated," Ronaldo said. "The opponents do their work, and I do mine. We try to do our own work. I do not feel much rivalry, at least not personally. Of course we are here to win, but there is no rivalry. It is just about the football - that is what counts."

Messi added: "As (Ronaldo) said, we are not competing against each other. We play and want to win trophies. It is not a matter of me against him or vice versa. I want to play as good as I can for my team and keep on improving. That is it."

As Portugal captain Ronaldo had a Ballon D'Or vote but said he was not able to use it as he had been injured around the time the ballots were cast, while Messi defended his decision to vote only for club or country colleagues.

"It would be nonsensical not to consider Cristiano one of the best in the world," the Argentine captain said. "But I preferred to vote for Xavi (Hernandez), Iniesta and Kun (Aguero) as I am close to them."

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.