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Four Barça players have made it into FIFA's best starting XI of the year. Piqué, Iniesta, Suárez and Messi represented the blaugranas in the world team of the year. Their places are well deserved following a 2016 in which the four stars won La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Spanish Super Cup with FC Barcelona. Moreover, Messi played excellently in helping Argentina finish second in the Copa América. The Argentinian player scored 52 goals for club and country, whilst Luis Suárez won the European Golden Shoe with a total of 47 goals.

 

This is what FIFA's FIFPro World 11 looks like: Neuer (Bayern); Dani Alves (Juventus), Ramos (Real Madrid), Piqué (FC Barcelona), Marcelo (Real Madrid); Modric (Real Madrid), Kroos (Real Madrid) and Iniesta (FC Barcelona); Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Suárez (FC Barcelona) and Leo Messi (FC Barcelona).

Iniesta apologised for Barça's players not attending The Best gala in person in a video in which he thanked FIFA for the recognition: “We would like to thank FIFA for being chosen in this starting eleven and apologise for not being able to attend the gala in person as we have a crucial Copa del Rey game on Wednesday against Athletic Club”.

 

FC Barcelona were represented by President Josep Maria Bartomeu, who led the delegation which also included the Vice President for the Sports Area Jordi Mestre, the Director Silvio Elias, and the CEO Òscar Grau, as well as Albert Soler (Professional Sports Director), Robert Fernández (Technical Secretary for the first team) and Raúl Sanllehí (Director for Football).


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