"I prefer to win titles with the team ahead of individual awards or scoring more goals than anyone else. I am more worried about being a good person than being the best football player in the world. When all this is over, what are you left with? When I retire, I hope I am remembered for being a decent guy. I like to score goals but I also like to have friends among the people I have played with."
--Lionel Messi, considered by many to be the best soccer player in the world.
Messi has won three consecutive world Player of the Year awards and may win a fourth in 2012 after scoring a record 73 goals last season.
Excerpt from nytimes.com "Messi Wants More Than Just Accolades" (Reuters, 10/1/2012).