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The diminutive Argentina international has been heralded once more as the world's best player, and the Catalan captain feels it is a victory for the Camp Nou side as a whole

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol has stated that Lionel Messi is a deserved Fifa Ballon d'Or winner, and the attacker's award is a victory for the entire club.

The Argentina international beat fellow Camp Nou stalwart Xavi and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo to the top individual accolade in Monday's gala ceremony to be crowned the best player in the world for the third consecutive time.

The Spanish defender has lavished praise on Messi, and is elated for his club team-mate.

Meanwhile, Puyol also hailed the impact of Pep Guardiola, who was voted Fifa Coach of the Year, on Barcelona's success and hopes that the 40-year-old stays with the European champions.