Messi got one of the highest Catalonia awards

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Barcelona striker Lionel Messi got one of the highest awards of Catalonia – the football player was awarded the Creu de Sant Jordi, according to the Blaugranas’ website.

The award was established in 1981 and the Argentine became the second in the history of the club, who won this award, the first was ex-player and coach of Barcelona Johan Cruyff.

“Thank you very much for awarding the Cross of Sant Jordi. I am proud of this recognition and appreciate the value that this award has in Catalan society,” Messi wrote on his Instagram, posting a photo of the award.

Recall, UEFA announced results of voting for the Player of the Week in the Champions League.

(Reporting by Dan McGlush, editing by Valerie Cooper)

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