Barcelona confirms that Messi and his team-mates would NOT attend the FIFA Best awards
Barcelona have began their new year in worrying form as they have failed to win their last two games.
According to Opta the Spanish club have won just ten games from their opening 17 games in La Liga this season.
It’s their worst run since 2007/08 in terms of points in the league.
With their Copa del Rey return leg against Athletic Bilbao coming up on Wednesday, the club have taken a drastic step to stop all their players and coaches from attending the FIFA Best awards ceremony in Zurich today.
Instead, they want to focus their efforts to prepare for their game against Bilbao after suffering a 2-1 loss in the first leg.
Messi is in line to win the FIFA Best male player award while his other team-mates- Iniesta, Luis Suarez and Pique- were nominated for the FIFA Best XI.
A statement from the club read: “With the aim of prioritising preparations for Wednesday’s game against Athletic Bilbao, FC Barcelona have decided that the players recognised in the Gala The Best FIFA Awards, which takes place on Monday in Zurich, will not be travelling to Switzerland for the ceremony.
“The club’s delegation is led by president Josep Maria Bartomeu, sporting vice president Jordi Mestre, director Silvio Elias, CEO Oscar Grau, Albert Soler [director of professional sports], Robert Fernandez [first team technical secretary] and Raul Sanllehi [director of footbal
“FC Barcelona thank FIFA, its president Gianni Infantino and the executive structure for the organisation’s help in being able to take part in today’s gala. The club expresses their recognition and support for the Best FIFA Awards.”
Barcelona fans are worried as this could mean the club are aware Messi isn’t going to Player of the Year award.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 9, 2017