Sandro Rosell / PHOTO: FCB

President Sandro Rosell, along with vice president Javier Faus and director Dídac Lee, returned to Barcelona today after their institutional and commercial trip to China. The Barça party were highly pleased with what they had achieved, having extended the ties between the club and the Asian country.

President Rosell's visit ended with a meeting with the president of CCTV5, the state television's sports channel. He was interviewed at 7.00 pm, a prime time slot, to speak about his visit and to look at the latest situation of his team following the defeat in Getafe.

Sandro Rosell reiterated his support for Guardiola, who he hopes "can stay at Barça all his life", and also praised Leo Messi, a player he believes is like no other and who deserves all the recognition he's getting. "If the world is fair, Leo Messi should win the Balon d'Or," he said. The president also spoke about the success of the Masia system, which represents values that Pep Guardiola "transmits perfectly".

Apart from the interview on CCTV5, the final day in Beijing also included a meeting with Tencent, the main provider of Internet services in China. FC Barcelona and the Chinese company reached an agreement to develop the Barça name in the country, which not only implies an enormous audience, but also considerable income.

There was also an appointment with the general management of the Chinese Ministry of Education, who are also in charge of sports. Director general Antoni Rossich and commercial director, Laurent Colette attended to complete the agenda, which was slightly altered due to the change of date for the Rayo Vallecano fixture.

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