Piqué, Iniesta, Suárez and Messi, in FIFA's World XI | FC Barcelona
Four Barça players have made it into FIFA's best starting XI of the year. Piqué, Iniesta, Suárez and Messi represented the blaugranas in the world team of the year. Their places are well deserved following a 2016 in which the four stars won La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Spanish Super Cup with FC Barcelona. Moreover, Messi played excellently in helping Argentina finish second in the Copa América.
Leo Messi comes second in FIFA's The Best award | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi comes second in The Best prize that FIFA presents to the best player in the world. This is the first year FIFA's new prize has been awarded as, previously, they had collaborated with France Football and presented the joint FIFA Ballon d'Or. Messi is the player with the most FIFA Ballon d'Or's with a record of five wins to his name. The Ballon d'Or is still presented by France Football whilst FIFA have ended this partnership and renamed the old FIFA World Player award as The Best.
Barca criticised for awards snub | Football Espana
Real Madrid legends Roberto Carlos and Michel Salgado, along with Diego Maradona, blasted Barcelona players for not attending the Best FIFA awards ceremony. Barca quarter Lionel Messi, Luis Suraez, Neymar and Gerard Pique – all selected in the Team of the Year – snubbed the opportunity to show up.
FC Barcelona switch focus back to the Copa del Rey | FC Barcelona
Just a matter of hours after returning from the 1-1 draw in Villarreal (Highlights, Match Report), the Barça players were back on the training ground to start preparing for their next match. Time to chill out is going to be in short supply as long as Barça are also involved in the Copa del Rey. And that’s precisely the target Luis Enrique and his men as on Wednesday night as they host Athletic Club at 9.15pm CET – where there’s a 2-1 deficit from the first leg to turn around.