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Friday, 17 May 2019

Lionel Messi Awarded With Creu de Sant Jordi For His Services To Catalonia

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Fc Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has added another award to his glittering collection after being handed the 'Creu de Sant Jordi' for 2019 in Cata.

The Argentine talisman has followed in the footsteps of Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff by picking up the award which recognizes individuals and institutions who have served Catalonia and the protection of the region's identity.   
The award, which was created in 1981, is the second-highest civil distinction handed out by the Catalan regional government and is annually awarded to multiple recipients. 
Messi has scooped the prize after another sterling campaign with Barcelona which has seen him fire Ernersto Valverde's side to almost winning a domestic double.
The 31-year-old, who joined Barcelona at the tender age of 13 and flew through the ranks to become one of their greatest ever players, is being touted as a shoo-in to win the Ballon d'Or despite his failure to win the Champions League this season.
The award recognises people who've served Catalonia and is handed out to several recipients
Messi had made it his prime goal to reign supreme in Europe with Barcelona once again but an astonishing collapse at Anfield earlier this month saw them eliminated at the semi-final stage.
The forward has still managed to score 48 goals in as many games in all competitions this season, taking his tally to 601 for Barcelona - the most of any player in the club's history.
Messi has also won more titles than any other Barcelona player with 34 to his name and holds the second-highest record for a number of appearances for the club - only Xavi has more. 
He is however not the first Barcelona player to be awarded the Creu de Sant Jordi.
The late Dutch great Cruyff, who starred for Barcelona as both a player, from 1973-78, and coach, between 1988-96, was among the individual recipients in 2006.


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