Maradona Disappointed That Messi Opted Out of The Zurich 2016 FIFA Awards

January 10, 2017, 2:25 am

Diego Maradona was disappointed that Lionel Messi and Barcelona opted not to travel to Zurich for the 2016 the Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony, with Roberto Carlos and Michel Salgado also critical.

In spite of Messi being nominated for the award, Barca announced on Monday that none of their players would attend the gala in Switzerland due to the Copa del Rey match against Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday.

 

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"I'm disappointed with Messi, from watching television at home you cannot fight anything or anyone – here you can fight," said Maradona. "I do not know why Barcelona did not come to such an important event. They have priorities and the priority was for Leo not to come. I think coming here [Zurich] they could fight more than they would in Barcelona."

Salgado stated that he expected better from Barca, one of the biggest clubs in world football.

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