UNICEF appoints Messi a Goodwill Ambassador

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has been appointed a UNICEF global
Goodwill Ambassador.

The 2009 FIFA World Player of the Year received the honor in
a ceremony in Barcelona.

A UNICEF statement said Messi’s “determination to use his
fame to help the world’s most vulnerable children” led to his being
chosen for the role.

The appointment strengthens UNICEF’s association with
Barcelona. Since 2006, the soccer club has paid the organization
for the right for its players to wear the UNICEF logo on their
match shirts.

Messi said he was “grateful for this chance to give support
to children.”