Messi poses with his Creu de Sant Jordi 2019 award

Lionel Messi has added another award to his wide collection after being handed the ‘Creu de Sant Jordi’ for 2019.

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.

He has joined the legendary Johan Cruyff to becoming another footballer in picking up the award which recognises individuals and institutions who have served Catalonia and the protection of the region’s identity.

Messi has scooped the prize after another sterling campaign with Barcelona which has seen him fire Ernersto Valverde’s side to the cusp of a domestic double.

Messi has managed to scored 48 goals in as many games in all competitions this season, taking his tally to 598 for Barcelona – the most of any player in the club’s history.

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