Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez and their team-mates will not be attending Monday’s FIFA’s ‘The Best’ awards ceremony
Messi is one of the finalists for the “Best Player” award. He will be competing with the Frenchman Antoine Griezmann and this year’s Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.
Neymar, Suarez and Andres Iniesta were named among the other 21 candidates late last year. All the mentioned players have stayed in Spain ahead of facing Athletic on Wednesday
An official club statement said: “With the aim of prioritising the preparation of Wednesday’s match against Athletic Club, FC Barcelona has decided that players recognised for ‘The Best’ FIFA Awards, held this afternoon in Zurich, will not attend.