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Carles Puyol, Ronaldinho and Barcelona stars congratulate Lionel Messi on Ballon d’Or win

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Stars have sent messages to the GOAT on his sixth win

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Former Barcelona captain Carles Puyol sent a message of thanks to Lionel Messi after he won the Ballon d’Or for a record sixth time on Monday.

Puyol took to Instagram to congratulate his former team-mate as he made yet more history and added to his trophy collection in Paris.

The 41-year-old wrote: “Congratulations Leo, six are already there and I’m sure you’ll still win some more ... Thank you for making us enjoy so much, you are an example of passion and love for soccer.”

Ronaldinho also offered a message on social media to the Barcelona captain. He said: “Now there are 6 my brother @leomessi Congratulations on the much deserved achievement, unfortunately it was not possible to be with you tonight in Paris, but inside my heart is all affection and esteem for the amazing person you are, as an athlete you need not speak, every game is a show !!!”

Barcelona team-mate Arturo Vidal also joined in: “Congratulations @leomessi You keep expanding your LEGEND, you’ll be forever the best !”

And so did Carles Alena: “Congratulations Leo! You’re the number 1!!!! You deserve it!!!!!”

Meanwhile, Antoine Griezmann got to share a private jet with Messi and his new trophy, which the French star seems to have renamed, on the way back to Barca.

Arthur also got in on the act: ”I am privileged to live with and play with this genius. Congratulations, ace!”