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Vilarrubí, Sanan, Rosell and Masfurroll, in the Camp Nou. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.

The President will attend the Gala dinner for the presentation of the Laureus Awards to be held in London on February 6th. The first team, Leo Messi and Éric Abidal have all been nominated for prizes in three different categories.

Sandro Rosell confirmed his presence at the event to the Guy Sanan, the Director General of the Laureus, when he attended Wednesday's game at the Camp Nou, accompanied by Gabriel Masfurroll, the president of Laureus Foundation Espanya.

The Club's institutional vice-president Carles Vilarrubí stressed that the Laureus World Sports Awards are highly prestigious sporting awards: "the fact that we have been nominated is excellent news. The jury doesn't just reward sporting prowess, it also looks at the values that are being transmitted". Guy Sanan called it "incredible" that the Club is represented in three different categories: "I don't think this has ever happened before. What's more they have always been up there in the best team category over the last few years".

Three separate nominations

It's actually the fourth time that the team have been nominated and this year they will be up against the Rugby World Cup winners, the New Zealand All Blacks,  the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA, the Japanese Women's Football team, the Red Bull Formula 1 team and the World Test number 1 Cricket team –England.

Leo Messi is also up for an award on his own as the best male sportsperson  - the third time he has been nominated for the award. If he wins, he'll be the first Barça player to be so garlanded and he is competing with Usain Bolt, Sebastian Vettel, Novak Djokovic, basketball start Dirk Nowitzki and Tour de France winner Cadel Evans.

Finally, Éric Abidal has been nominated for the award for the best comeback of the year after appearing in the Champions League final following surgery to remove a tumour from his liver. The Frenchman will be up against golfers Sergio García and Darren Clarke, the rugby teams The Crusaders and Queensland Reds and the athlete Liu Xiang.

Visit to Downing Street

Whilst he is London for the Laureus Awards, President Sandro Rosell, accompanied by vice-president Carles Vilarrubí will also pay a call on the UK Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street.


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