Argentina and Barcelona icon, Lionel Messi has won a number of individual awards during his career so far, including being awarded the Ballon d'Or five times and now the striker has added another honour to his cabinet.
The 32-year-old received the Balon Educativo de Scholas, an award presented by Pope Francis' Scholas Occurrentes foundation, following his Copa America performances, with the star beating of competition from the likes of Dani Alves and two others to the honour.
Messi scored one goal and registered one assist as Argentina eventually were knocked out by hosts Brazil in the semi-final stage, with his performances deemed good enough from the foundation.
The foundation, which has an active network across 191 countries, created the award for candidates who display the characteristics of the Scholas Foundation, such as effort, honesty, identity, resilience, respect, solidarity, and teamwork, throughout the Copa tournament.
As per Sport, the striker came out on top with 34.28% of the votes, followed by Peruvians Edison Flores (15.56%) and Pedro Gallese (11.28%) as well as Brazil captain Dani Alves (10.5%), with Messi set to receive a rag ball made by children from Mozambique and blessed by the Pope in recognition of this achievement.