Andrés Iniesta receiving the squad¡s award / PACO LARGO - FCB

The Barça Lassa handball representatives / PACO LARGO - FCB

FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu accepting an award on behalf of the trident / PACO LARGO - FCB

Gerard Piqué picking his award / PACO LARGO - FCB

FC Barcelona played a leading role in the 68th edition of the ‘Great Gala of Sport’ organised by Catalan sports newspaper ‘Mundo Deportivo’ which took place on Monday at the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya in the city of Barcelona.

The Barça captain Andrés Iniesta received an award after being named ‘Best Sportsman of 2015’, the midfielder having been an integral part of the squad that claimed La Liga, the Copa del Rey, the Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup. “It is difficult to win and we feel that what we do is what we have to do. We are excited about the prospect of keeping on winning,” said the experienced blaugrana. The squad as a whole were also rewarded with the prize for ‘Leadership Ability’.

The trio of Messi, Suárez and Neymar were handed the ‘Excellence in Sport’ award for their 137 goals out of a total of 180 in the year 2015. The prize was collected by Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu who was just one of a large number of FC Barcelona representatives at the event.

Gerard Piqué extended his collection of personal awards with the prize in the ‘Extraordinary Trophy’ category. “The feeling of losing we don’t like, not on a personal nor collective level. At time, even if you are the best, you can’t win, but we hope to keep trying.” The gala had a very special guest in Ronaldinho- the former blaugrana idol was presented with the ‘Sporting Trajectory’ award. The Brazilian spent fives seasons with Barça, winning two league titles, the Champions League and two Spanish Super Cups.

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Handball in on the act too

The football team were not the only side to receive recognition. FC Barcelona Lassa handball side were the recipients of the ‘Trophy for Collective Effort’ for their achievement of winning seven trophies last season, the league, Champions League, Catalan Super Cup, Asobal Super Cup, Club World Cup, Asobal Cup and the Copa del Rey. The award was collected by coach Xavi Pascual and team members Saric, Ariño and Sarmiento.

Barça amongst the awards once again por fcbarcelona
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