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Bartomeu and Mestre with Messi before training / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

The president of FC Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu, welcomed back Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano, Neymar, Dani Alves and Claudio Bravo, the five players who took part in the 2015 Copa América and therefore did not take part in the recent US tour. Vice president Jordi Mestre was also there to greet the players on Monday at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. It was the first day of pre-season that coach Luis Enrique was able to bring together all the members of his first team squad.

After being chosen as president in the elections on 18 July, Bartomeu headed to the United States to accompany the squad on their pre-season tour. There, he coincided with the majority of the squad who last season claimed the treble and on Monday he was able to welcome back international players Messi, Mascherano, Neymar, Alves and Bravo.


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