Former footballers praise 'unbelievable' Messi

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler and former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Patrick Vieira have tweeted:

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The best player EVER without a shadow, if you didn't think/know already... #Ballondor

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Fourth #ballondor for #messi. An unbelievable achievement for an unbelievable player.

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Messi's record Ballon d'Or win

Barcelona and Argentine forward Lionel Messi has won football's most prestigious individual award, the Ballon d'Or, for a record fourth consecutive time. he beat Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, who was second, and Barca teammate Andres Iniesta.