Barcelona fans and staff are in shock after Lionel Messi was ranked fifth in the 2018 Ballon d’Or awards ceremony.
Luka Modric was officially announced as the winner of the 2018 Ballon d’Or on Monday evening, with Cristiano Ronaldo finishing second and Antoine Griezmann in third place.
Messi, who missed out on the top three for the first time in ten years – finished fifth and that has been to many peoples surprise.
Mundo Deportivo, Marca and AS all hit out at the awards and voting process, claiming that Messi should be included in the top three at least after his accolades during the year.
The Argentine forward won the Pichichi and European Golden Boot, whilst he helped Barcelona to a La Liga title.
Overall, Messi scored 45 goals in 50 games and assisted his team-mates to another 23 goals.
Remembering Josep Lluís Nuñez
his Monday former FC Barcelona president Josep Lluís Nuñez (1931-2018) passed away at the age of 87. FC Barcelona would like to express its sadness at the passing of the man who president of the Club between 1978 and 2000 and who has left us today Monday at the age of 87.
Josep Lluís Nuñez i Clemente was the longest serving president in club history, a remarkable 22 years, from 1978 to 2000. This was a decisive period in the club’s history, with huge changes to the way football operated around the world, particularly in terms of finance and media attention.
Focus on Cultural Leonesa in the Copa del Rey
Ernesto Valverde will now prepare his side to face Cultural Leonesa this week in the second leg of their Copa del Rey clash. It is expected that Barca will heavily rotate and that Carles Alena, who scored past Villarreal on Sunday – will start the game.