FC Barcelona have been one of the leading figures at the Laureus World Sports Awards. The blaugranes were represented by the U14B team who claimed a prize in the in the category ‘Best Sporting Moment of the Year.’ Their gesture, consoling their opponents after the final in the World Challenge Cup in Japan, was one that was seen around the world.
The team coached by Sergi Milà set a great example of how to be gracious in victory. After their 1-0 victory in the final against Japanese side Omiya Ardija, the team consoled their rivals who were visibly upset at the result. Their actions were an example of the values that are encouraged at La Masia. The coach expressed his gratitude for the award in the name of the all the youth set up at the Club: “On behalf of the 23 squad members, the coaching staff and those who form part of the youth football system at FCB, we would like to thanks Laureus for this award and we extend that thanks to all the people who voted in this past month.”
For the first time the fans have been able to play a part in the Laureus Awards which are given out to the best sportsmen and women on an individual and collective level. This new category was voted for by people all around the world on-line. The category ‘Best Sporting Moment of the Year’ is designed to represent the gesture which embodies best the values of sport.
There were six finalists chosen by the Laureus Academy and the U14B team’s gesture pipped the young Portuguese fans who consoled a desolate French fan after the final of Euro2016 between the two nations.