The accolades keep coming for Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona as they were yesterday named the Laureus team of the year. Here is what Barcelona President Sandro Rosell had to say after the award ceremony:
“The nominations of Abidal, Messi and the club are an honour, and it will help us keep on working and thinking about how to keep up this level in the future.
It’s very hard to achieve things in life, but it’s harder still to maintain that level [of excellence].”
The Laureus awards were set up in 1999 to recognise and award top achievers (athletes and teams) across different sports throughout the course of the year. However, the World sports of the year which Barca star Messi had been nominated for went to Novak Djokovic who i must admit thoroughly deserved it.
The Catalan club also had their French defender Eric Abidal nominated in the World Comeback of the year category. The award however went to Darren Clarke who received the award due to his victory at the Open Championship at Royal St.George’s at his 20th attempt and at the age of 42.
The Catalan club might be in 2nd place in La Liga and 7 points of the pace set by arch rivals Real Madrid, but they are definitely the ones receiving all the glory.
In other Barcelona news, the club’s Malian midfielder Seydou Keita has called for peace in his homeland after their dramatic win over co-hosts Gabon in the quarterfinals of the AFCON on Sunday.
The historical African nations is experiencing sporadic violence in the northern areas between the Malian army and Touareg rebels of the National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad (MNLA) – a separatist’s movement fighting to create an independent state in northern Mali.
“It’s hard for us. We were supposed to be happy after beating Gabon, but we are sad,” Keita said.
“This victory is for the Malian people, everybody. What we as the national team footballers want is peace in entire Mali. We are one people, whether you are from the north or south, we are all Malians.
“We want the fighting and killings in northern Mali to stop, that is why we are sending forth this message. We are not use to troubles and wars. Today’s victory should help reunite us the more,” he finished.
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