Sandro Rosell and Andoni Zubizarreta followed the 2012 FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala very closely. The FC Barcelona president said that he’s “very proud of the players, of all of our winners and of Barça. I am also very proud of the work that people have done over the last 30 years, when La Masia was created. We are reaping the rewards I want to thank everyone for their hard work.” He added: “I also believe that this is an acknowledgment of our model. The life of a footballer isn’t easy and today we witnessed how that effort and hard work by athletes was recognised. It was the complete package, not only for Messi. This guarantees the idea of the game and the continuity of the Club.”
Messi, number 1
When asked about Messi, Rosell was very clear: “Messi is marvelous when he plays, his four FIFA Ballons d’Or prove that. Additionally, he’s a fantastic and enchanting person. The truth is that we’re lucky to have him with us.” The Barça president believes that Messi just might win the award next year as well.
For Zubizarreta the biggest honour for Messi was the long standing ovation he received after winning the award: “The unanimous standing ovation speaks for itself. This spontaneous applause was the world acknowledging Messi.”
Grateful for Guardiola’s presence
Lastly, the FC Barcelona president also thanked Guardiola for coming to the Gala: “He showed his greatness and bravery. He showed up even though the rumour was that Del Bosque was going to win. I want to thank Pep and congratulate Del Bosque.”