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The players were given the keys to their new Audi cars, one by one. | MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

Ernesto Valverde gets behind the wheel of his new Audi Q7 e-tron. | MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

This Thursday, the Barça players received their new Audi vehicles for the 2017/18 season. Following the morning training session at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, the players and their coach made their way to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, where they were met by FC Barcelona First Vice President Jordi Cardoner, CEO Òscar Grau, Global Business Area Director Francesco Calvo, and the Director of Audi España, Guillermo Fadda.

Both the players and Valverde were divided into different groups and driver/co-driver pairs to get a first-hand look at the features and technology of the Premium Partner’s vehicles in an elite competition setting. The players who took part were Aleix Vidal, Sergio Busquets, Rafinha, Gerard Deulofeu, Paco Alcácer, and André Gomes. They were accompanied by the champion Spanish racing driver Jordi Gené and the young Swiss driver, Nico Muller.

Some of the players then enjoyed an exclusive course given by Muller, who has experience competing in events such as the GP3 Series and World Rallycross Championship, and several other of the brand’s most renowned drivers who have competitive race experience in Audi’s two-seaters. Muller revealed some of the secrets of competing at the highest level, which he uses to get the very best performance out of the vehicles.

Once the activities were over, the players received, one by one, the keys to the new cars they will be driving for the 2017/18 season.

Which models did they choose?

LIONEL MESSI — AUDI RS 6 AVANT PERFORMANCE 4.0 TFSI QUATTRO — Sepang Blue pearl

DENIS SUAREZ — AUDI Q7 SPORT 3.0 TDI QUATTRO — Glacier White metallic

ALEIX VIDAL — AUDI R8 SPYDER V10 5.2 FSI QUATTRO — Tango Red metallic

ARDA TURAN — AUDI Q7 SPORT 3.0 TDI QUATTRO — Orca Black metallic

LUIS SUAREZ — AUDI RS 6 AVANT PERFORMANCE 4.0 TFSI QUATTRO — Daytona Gray matte

IVAN RAKITIC — AUDI Q7 SPORT 3.0 TDI QUATTRO — Graphite Gray metallic

JAVIER MASCHERANO — AUDI A7 SPORTBACK BLACK LINE EDITION 3.0 TDI QUATTRO — Glacier White metallic

JORDI ALBA — AUDI Q7 SPORT 3.0 TDI QUATTRO — Sepang Blue pearl

GERARD DEULOFEU — AUDI Q5 DESIGN 2.0 TDI QUATTRO-ULTRA — Mythos Black metallic

THOMAS VERMAELEN — AUDI Q7 SPORT 3.0 TDI QUATTRO — Floret Silver metallic

OUSMANE DEMBELÉ — AUDI RS3 SPORTBACK 2.5 TFSI QUATTRO — Panther Black crystal

JASPER CILLESSEN — AUDI Q7 SPORT 3.0 TDI QUATTRO — Ink Blue metallic

PACO ALCACER — AUDI RS3 SPORTBACK 2.5 TFSI QUATTRO — Panther Black crystal

NELSON SEMEDO — AUDI Q7 3.0 TDI E-TRON QUATTRO — Carrara White

SAMUEL UMTITI — AUDI RS3 SPORTBACK 2.5 TFSI QUATTRO — Catalonia Red metallic

RAFINHA — AUDI Q7 SPORT 3.0 TDI QUATTRO — Daytona Gray pearl

SERGI ROBERTO — AUDI RS3 SPORTBACK 2.5 TFSI QUATTRO — Catalonia Red metallic

SERGIO BUSQUETS — AUDI R8 PLUS — Daytona Gray matte

TER STEGEN — AUDI SQ5 S LINE 3.0 TFSI QUATTRO — Mythos Black metallic

ANDRE GOMES —AUDI Q7 SPORT 3.0 TDI QUATTRO — Floret Silver metallic

LUCAS DIGNE — AUDI RS3 SPORTBACK 2.5 TFSI QUATTRO — Daytona Gray pearl

PAULINHO — AUDI Q7 DESIGN E-TRON 3.0 TDI QUATTRO — Glacier White metallic

GERARD PIQUÉ — AUDI RS 6 AVANT PERFORMANCE 4.0 TFSI QUATTRO — Daytona Gray matte

ANDRES INIESTA — AUDI SQ7 4.0 TDI QUATTRO — Glacier White metallic

ERNESTO VALVERDE — AUDI Q7 E-TRON 3.0 TDI QUATTRO — Floret Silver metallic

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