Barcelona, who are 2-1 down in the copa Del Rey against Athletic Bilbao, have ordered their players to stay back and prepare for the return leg in Camp Nou. Messi was nominated for the Best Player Award along side Antoine Griezmann and this year’s favorite Cristiano Ronaldo.  

​The club official website read “With the aim of prioritising preparations for Wednesday’s game against Athletic Club, FC Barcelona have decided that the players recognised in the Gala The Best FIFA Awards, which takes place on Monday in Zurich, will not be travelling to Switzerland for the ceremony,” .

“The club’s delegation is led by president Josep Maria Bartomeu, sporting vice-president Jordi Mestre, director Silvio Elias, CEO Oscar Grau, Albert Soler (director of professional sports), Robert Fernandez (first team technical secretary) and Raul Sanllehi (director of football).

“FC Barcelona thank FIFA, its president Gianni Infantino and the executive structure for the organisation’s help in being able to take part in today’s Gala. The club expresses their recognition and support for the Best FIFA Awards.”