Two Real Madrid legends have bemoaned Lionel Messi and the other FC Barcelona players for not attending the Best FIFA Football Awards, where Cristiano Ronaldo claimed the top prize, on Monday night.
Roberto Carlos, who represented Los Blancos on 565 occasions, believes Messi and his teammates should have attended the awards evening, where Ronaldo won the Best FIFA Men’s Player accolade.
« I am sad and disappointed that Leo and his teammates have not come, » he said, according to ESPN.
« They have many great footballers and all of us would have liked to see them attend.
« We all wanted to see Messi, the other big players and the coach of Barcelona here. It’s a FIFA prize.
« FIFA is the highest authority in football. So, everyone should be here. »
Michel Salgado, who spent 10 years playing at right back for Real, suggested that perhaps Barca’s players did not want to attend the evening as Real « are currently the best team » in football.
« Real Madrid are currently the best team in the world so maybe this has affected the decision of the Barcelona players, » Salgado said.
« Barcelona are wrong for not sending their best players.
« I know that the club has had issues with FIFA in the past but Barcelona needs to understand that FIFA is changing. This is not how you expect one of the world’s biggest clubs to behave. »
Barca released a statement announcing that their players would not be attending the FIFA ceremony as they have a game to prepare for on Wednesday.
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