Barcelona stars Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta and Luis Suarez will not participate the FIFA Gala ‘The Best Awards’ in Zurich, Switzerland, from 6.30pm CET. FC Barcelona has confirmed it in an official statement on Monday morning but club delegation led by Josep Maria Bartomeu will travell to Zurich.
Barcelona said in official statement: “With the aim of prioritising preparations for Wednesday’s game against Athletic Bilboa, Barcelona have decided that the players recognized in the Gala The Best FIFA Awards, which takes place on Monday in Zurich, will not be travelling to Switzerland for the ceremony,
Barcelona added: “The Club’s delegation is led by president Josep Maria Bartomeu, sporting vice president Jordi Mestre, director Silvio Elías, CEO Òscar Grau, Albert Soler(director of professional sports), Robert Fernández (first team technical secretary) and Raúl Sanllehí (director of football).
Barcelona’s Statement is concluded: “FC Barcelona thanks FIFA, its president Gianni Infantino and the executive structure for the organisation’s help in being able to take part in today’s ceremony. The Club expresses their recognition and support for the Best FIFA Awards”.