Golden touch! Messi to celebrate world player of the year gong with special boots
The world's best player Lionel Messi will celebrate his latest FIFA accolade by wearing golden boots for Barcelona this weekend.
Messi was awarded the coveted FIFA Ballon D'or award for a third successive year at a glitzy ceremony in Switzerland on Monday.
Golden touch: Messi will wear specially designed boots to commemorate his third Ballon D'or triumph on Sunday
And the Argentine superstar will parade a specially designed pair of his trademark adidas adizero F50 size 8's – which are embossed with three golden balls each with the year he won the prized award – during Sunday's La Liga clash against Sevilla.
Messi is expected to be commemorated by the world and European champions at the Nou Camp before the match in honour of his triumph.
In an interview with France Football magazine, Messi admitted he was proud to land the prize but was not surprised.
Master of ceremonies: Lionel Messi was awarded the coveted FIFA Ballon D'or award for the third time on Monday
He said: 'Obviously, it was not as much of a surprise like last year that I won. I
'knew that I had a good chance to win the award and was very relaxed.
.I am very pleased and proud of my
victory, just like the first two times I won. This is now the third time
that I've won, and I still get emotional.
'The Ballon d'Or is a very prestigious trophy that all players want to win.
'I was a bit surprised with the big
gap between me and the number two. Cristiano Ronaldo and Xavi would have
been worthy winners as well.'
Messi's Ballon D'or tribute boots will not be available for sale but the 24-year-old will then exclusively debut the bootmakers latest range of MiCoach boots next week when Barcelona take on Real Madrid in their Copa Del Rey El Classico encounter.