This MondayZurich will play host once again to the 2014 FIFA Ballon d'Orawards banquet.And once again, LeoMessiis one of three finalists for the award.Messihas been a finalistfor the last eight years in a row.Should Messiwin, it would behis fifth time.
FC Barcelona's expedition—headedbyAlbertSoler,Director of Sporting Institutional Relations andRaulSanllehí,Director ofFootball—is scheduled to take off from ElPratairportat 11.30am (CET).Team presidentJosepMariaBartomeu will nottravel toZurichafterthe clubannounced thatthey had haltedinstitutional relations withFIFAuntil the end ofthesanctions that were recently upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The Ballon d'Or ceremony begins at 6.15pm (CET) at the Zurich Kongreshauss. Also to be announced is the 2014 ideal eleven from FIFA/Fifpro, for which ten Barça players have been nominated. They include: Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, defenders Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba, Dani Alves and Javier Mascherano, midfielders Xavi Hernández and Andrés Iniesta, and forwards Leo Messi, Neymar, and Luis Suárez.