‘Perdon Andres’: France Football Apologise for Never Having Awarded Barca Star the Ballon d’Or Award

?France Football have issued an apology to Barcelona and Spain star Andres Iniesta for their failure to award him with the Ballon d’Or over the years.

The Spaniard’s goal won the 2010 FIFA World Cup for Las Rojas eight years ago, yet his Barca teammate Lionel Messi was the one presented with the accolade.

And with his time at the Camp Nou supposedly nearing an end, the French magazine has said sorry to the player for what they describe as a “democratic anomaly.”

In a piece, titled ‘Forgive Us Andres’, written by the publication’s editor Pascal Ferré, Iniesta is given high praise, with Ferré claiming: “Iniesta has proven that the brain is definitely the essential muscle of the category champions.”

He goes on to apologise for the slight, also leaving the door open for the talented midfielder to receive the award if he performs well during this year’s World Cup in Russia.

The 33-year-old has achieved quite a lot – to say the least – during his Barcelona career, but he has been tipped to leave for a Chinese club at the end of the season, while other European clubs are primed to have a go at him. 

Now on course to win a ninth La Liga trophy with La Blaugrana, the Spaniard helped make another mark in the club’s illustrious history when he scored during the ?Copa del Rey final win against Sevilla on Saturday


“There were a lot of emotions in that goal,” he said after the match. “Lots of emotions, lots of feelings, lots of years. I really wanted this final to go well and I’m happy.”


Report Claims Ernesto Valverde Considering Barcelona Future Despite Unbeaten La Liga Season

Despite being well on the way to securing the domestic double, Ernesto Valverde is having doubts over his future at ?Barcelona amid continuous issues with the board at Camp Nou, according to reports in Spain. 

The Catalonians secured their first silverware of the season on Saturday night by ?dispatching Sevilla 5-0 in the Copa del Rey final and can wrap up the title with victory at relegation-threatened Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday evening. 

The 54-year-old is also on course to masterminding the first ever entirely unbeaten season in La Liga history, with Barca five games away from making history. 

However, according to ?AS, Valverde, who has one year remaining on his current deal with Barcelona – with the option of a further 12-month extension – is having second thoughts as to whether he is the right man to take Blaugrana into next season due to his fractured relationship with the club’s hierarchy


President Josep Maria Bartomeu and his fellow board members remain upset regarding the Catalans’ Champions League quarter final exit to AS Roma in Italy earlier this month.

Squandering a three-goal lead in the second leg and their general showing across both matches has not been forgotten by the Camp Nou decision makers, who reportedly claimed that should Barca have failed to clinch their fourth Copa del Rey title in a row, Valverde would have been “cut”, although the players maintain their support for the manager. 

It is remarkable to think that the manager who will be taking Barcelona to their seventh league title over the past decade, and could do so unbeaten, is questioning his future due to a club’s obsession with the Champions League. 


Should Real Madrid not secure the silverware this campaign, however, things may be seen differently. 


Barca Youngster Carles Alena Hits Back at Critics as Barcelona B Face Relegation to Third Division

?Barcelona youngster ?Carles Alena hit back at critics after his Barcelona B lost against Rayo Vallecano in La Liga 2 on Sunday and demanded support as his team sits 20th in the league standings, facing relegation to the Spanish third division. 

The defeat against Rayo Vallecano, who secured their promotion back to the Spanish first division, meant ?Barcelona B have lost five consecutive matches resulting in a lot of criticism for Barcelona B’s players and their manager, Gerard Lopez.   

??Alena, who made his first team debut for Barcelona in 2016, is one of the star players for Barcelona B who sits third-bottom and occupies the relegation zone in Segunda B after being unable to win in their last nine matches.

“It’s very easy to criticise us, but I only hear criticism from those at the club, but then we will all celebrate it,” Alena revealed in comments made to Sport, and defended his manager after he received the brunt of the criticism following his side’s bad run.


Alena added: “Gerard has taken us here and there is maximum confidence in him, the players are responsible.”

Alena, who has played three ?Copa del Rey matches for the first team, revealed that after the game the Barcelona youngsters were down on confidence and sad but that they should look forward to upcoming important games to save the club from relegation.


??“There were a lot of people crying, but you have to get up [and keep going]. Almeria and Reus are the games we have to win two victories, to reassure people and get them to support us,” Alena admitted.


Fernando Torres Hails Barcelona & Spain Legend Andres Iniesta Amid Rumoured Summer Exit

Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres has said that Andres Iniesta’s expected departure from Barcelona at the end of the season will be a massive loss both to the Catalan giants and Spain’s top division. 

Iniesta has made over 600 appearances for Barcelona and over 100 appearances for Spain since his professional debut in 2002. The 33-year-old agreed a new ‘contract for life’ in October of last year but the deal allows him the option to leave on a free each summer. 

The most recent reports have linked Iniesta with a move to Chinese side Chongqing Dangdai Lifan and the player revealed last week that he was considering his options. 

“This week I will make the decision public. There are many emotions, many feelings, many years. There are very strong emotions, the affection and respect that people have for me is something that I am very much grateful for,” the Barça midfielder was quoted as saying by the Sun. 

Torres has been quick to praise his former international teammate, explaining, as quoted by Diario SPORT: “It’s going to be a great loss not seeing Iniesta at Barca and in Spain. His legacy will be remembered. The match he had yesterday [the Copa Del Rey final against Sevilla] was marvellous and he’s been doing that for so many years.


“Andres hasn’t announced it publicly yet, but he has the right to decide. I know what Barcelona means to him. He joined the club as a child and left his family behind to fulfil his dream. Everyone should respect whatever he decides. I’m happy as a friend for him and sad at the same time.”


VIDEO: Sevilla Fans Join in Standing Ovation for Andres Iniesta After Copa Del Rey Masterclass

?Sevilla fans reacted extremely admirably, as Andres Iniesta was substituted late in the Copa Del Rey final where Barcelona cruised to a ?5-0 victory.

Iniesta was at his magical best all throughout the game and tormented Sevilla’s defence time and time again. Despite being in the twilight of his career, the Spanish magician proved once again last night why he is regarded as one of the greatest ever.

Barcelona proved to be too much for Sevilla to handle and Iniesta ran the show, scoring the fourth goal. In what could well be his final cup game for Barça before he moves on at the end of the season, Iniesta was giving a standing ovation when he was subbed off – with both sets of fans joining in the applause.

Despite destroying Sevilla throughout the match, the whole stadium rose to it’s feet to give Iniesta an incredible send off. 

According to reports, numerous Sevilla fans were caught encouraging other fans to cheer louder for the Barcelona midfielder, creating an unprecedented unilateral display of support for the veteran star, who has already cemented his place in Spanish football history as one of the absolute greats.

The moment clearly got to Iniesta himself as he was seen in tears as he left the pitch to sit on the bench for what will likely be the last time for the Catalan club in a final.


The midfielder looks likely to leave the club at the end of the season in a move that will see him move to China – ?with Chongqing Dangdai Lifan the apparent favourites for his signature.