- Lionel Messi wins second individual award despite poor outing in Copa America
- The 32-year-old was given the Balon Educativo de Scholas recognized by Pope Francis
- Argentina finished third in Copa America as Messi blasts CONMEBOL for corruption
Lionel Messi has been awarded the Balon Educativo de Scholas, an award presented by Pope Francis' Scholas Occurrentes foundation.
The Foundation is present in 191 countries, gives the award to candidates who have kept the values of FutVal (the Scholas Foundation football proposal) like effort, solidarity, honesty, identity, resilience, respect, and teamwork, throughout Copa America.
The Barcelona talisman was voted for by young people of the Scholas World Network, which includes 500,000 institutions and educational networks in countries across the world.
The voting process began on July 1 through the foundation's official social media accounts as well as in person at their headquarters and the FutVal Program clubs.
According to Sport, the Argentine captain was voted as the player most deserving of the Balon Educativo de Scholas for his conduct during Copa America.
The 32-year-old got 34.28% of the votes, followed by Peru's duo of Edison Flores (15.56%) and Pedro Gallese (11.28%) as well as Brazil captain Dani Alves (10.5%).
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Messi will receive a rag ball made by children from Mozambique and blessed by the Pope in recognition of this achievement.
Argentina Copa America on a bitter note as their hopes of winning their first major title suffered a major setback following a semi-final loss to Brazil.
Messi accused CONMEBOL and its referees of setting up the tournament for the host nation, Brazil to win and could be banned
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Lionel Messi is now the third highest goal scoring player on the international scene after he was overtaken by India's Sunil Chhetri recently.
The 32-year-old currently has 68 goals from his 136 caps but following Chhetri's brace in India's 4-2 loss to Tajikistan, the 34-year-old now has 70 goals in 109 appearances for his country.
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