Barcelona star Messi says he has no intention of letting up in quest for honours after he moved ahead of Ronaldo in all-time list of Ballon d'Or wins
Lionel Messi fires warning to Cristiano Ronaldo and rivals after clinching sixth Ballon d'Or

Lionel Messi fires warning to Cristiano Ronaldo and rivals after clinching sixth Ballon d'Or

Lionel Messi fires warning to Cristiano Ronaldo and rivals after clinching sixth Ballon d'Or

Lionel Messi fires warning to Cristiano Ronaldo and rivals after clinching sixth Ballon d'Or

Lionel Messi fires warning to Cristiano Ronaldo and rivals after clinching sixth Ballon d'Or

Lionel Messi fires warning to Cristiano Ronaldo and rivals after clinching sixth Ballon d'Or
Lionel Messi fires warning to Cristiano Ronaldo and rivals after clinching sixth Ballon d'Or
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Lionel Messi has warned Cristiano Ronaldo and other rivals that clinching his sixth Ballon d'Or title has made him hungry to break more records.

Messi's Ballon d'Or 2019 win takes him one ahead of Ronaldo, giving the Barcelona star the outright record.

He and Ronaldo have won the prize 11 times between them in the last 12 years, with only Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric breaking their stranglehold on the award last year.

But Messi insists his sixth Ballon d'Or will not be the crowning achievement of his glittering career - but rather a stepping stone to more success.

The Argentine ace is now 32, but says he plans to pack the rest of his career with as many prizes as he can.

Lionel Messi hopes his sixth Ballon d'Or won't be his last

"I'm going to enjoy this with my family, because those times when it's possible to do it do not last long," he said after being presented with the Ballon d'Or at Monday night's ceremony in Paris.

"Tomorrow we will have to focus again on other objectives.

"I am already focused on the future. This gives me great pride, it gives me a lot of strength to continue my work."

Messi added: "To the journalists and my colleagues with whom I win and lose, I remember my first Ballon D’Or in Paris, when I arrived with my brothers - now I pick up the sixth, and this was absolutely unthinkable.

Cristiano Ronaldo snubbed the Ballon d'Or ceremony for the comforts of Lisbon

"I never stopped dreaming and enjoying football like when I was a child.

"I hope I have more years to enjoy, although I am aware of how old I am, everything happens very quickly and I know that the moment of withdrawal (retirement) is approaching."

As well as his record Ballon d'Or haul, Messi has won 10 La Liga titles, four European Cups, three UEFA Super Cups and the Copa del Rey six times, along with a huge haul of individual awards.

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Lionel Messi fires warning to Cristiano Ronaldo and rivals after clinching sixth Ballon d'Or

Ellie Goulding says she 'drank alcohol in bid to become more interesting'

Ellie Goulding says she 'drank alcohol in bid to become more interesting'

Ellie Goulding has admitted that she turned to alcohol in a bid to become "more interesting".

The 32-year-old singer said that she struggled to adjust to her new found fame and would prepare for interviews by drinking - even before appearing on the BBC's Live Lounge, which is usually recorded in the morning.

Ellie opened up to Fearne Cotton's Happy Place podcast, saying: "I had to be a fake person to deal with the surreal situation I was in.

"Usually for me it involved alcohol. I assumed I couldn't be good enough, smart, funny, or crazy enough to be with certain people without it.

Ellie Goulding has opened up about her alcohol issues

"Live Lounges used to be most nerve-wracking, I even drank before those, I swear to God.

"I would say, 'Right, I've got to drink this morning because I've got this interview and I don't really know how to answer the questions, because I don't really know who I am any more.'

"I thought drinking would at least make me a bit more funny, or interesting."

However Ellie, who performed at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding reception, insists she never had an alcohol problem.

"I wasn't an alcoholic," she said. "I could go months without a drink, too."

Ellie, who released her debut album Lights in 2010, also said she had been in therapy in a bid to deal with anger issues.

Ellie Goulding has had therapy for her anger issues
Getting married has calmed Ellie down

She revealed that her anger problem was soothed after she married old Etonian Caspar Jopling in August.

Ellie said: "When I met Caspar, this anger thing just went away

"At first it didn't. I did that thing we all do when we first meet someone you really like and you... don't possibly show any of your bad traits.

She added: "With Caspar I instantly felt calmer."

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