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The highly-rated AC Milan starlet has set his sights on eclipsing the efforts of the Argentine sensation while securing the Ballon d'Or in future

AC Milan youngster M'Baye Niang has declared that he wants to be better than Lionel Messi at some point in the future.

The 18-year-old attacking starlet has previously expressed a desire to surpass the exploits of compatriot Thierry Henry, but he has set his sights firmly on reaching the pinnacle of modern football and leaving a greater legacy than the four-time Ballon d'Or winner.

“I want to work to become the best in the world. I always think about the Ballon d'Or," Niang told Sky Sport Italia.

“It's my goal to win that. I want to become stronger than Messi. I work very hard, and I know that one day I will reach my goal.”

Niang added that he feels honoured to represent Milan at such a young age, and is determined to repay the faith shown in him by boss Massimiliano Allegri.

“Milan are a great team that have won everything. For a young player it is an honour to be part of this club. Now I just want to repay the trust people have shown in me," he added.

Niang, who joined the Rossoneri in 2012 from Caen, became the club's second-youngest ever scorer in the Coppa Italia clash with Reggina in December.

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