Messi lists 4 favourites for Ballon d'Or

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Lionel Messi says he is not the favourite for the Ballon d'Or, but has listed four other players who could win the award.

France Football released 30-man nominees list on Friday, with many tipping Messi to pick up his seventh Ballon d'Or.

However, Messi does not feel the same way and claims Paris Saint-Germain teammates Neymar and Kylian Mbappe would get his vote.

"I don't think I'm the favourite and I've never liked talking about it until the result is in," Messi told France Football.

"It would be great to win another one, it's already amazing to be the only player to have won six.

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"A seventh would be incredible. This past summer I won a trophy that was missing in the Copa America and that was the pinnacle for me. If I go on to win another Ballon d'Or, I'll be very happy and very grateful, but I'm not thinking about it.

"In my team there are at least two players for whom I'll vote in Kylian and Ney. Then [Robert] Lewandowski, who has had a great year. But there's also [Karim] Benzema.

"We know that trophies are important now. The Champions League, the European Championship and the Copa America always weigh heavily in the vote."

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