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Barca skipper Ineista begs Ronaldo & Real Madrid stars

La Liga By: Collins Udeme | 10/01/2017

Barcelona skipper Andres Iniesta apologised to Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid stars for the controversial Fifa’s ‘The Best’ awards snub.

The Catalans' skipper personally phoned Real Madrid players to apologise for Barcelona’s controversial snub of Fifa’s The Best awards where Los Blancos superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was named Best Player in the World, according to SunSports.

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Fifa were less than pleased with the Barca’s absence and the Portuguese ace – who also won the Ballon d’Or last month – aimed a cheeky dig at arch rival Lionel Messi who came second in the vote.

Messi had been due to attend the awards along with Barca team-mates Iniesta, Gerard Pique, Neymar and Luis Suarez but were absent with Barcelona insisting that it was due to preparations for Wednesday’s Copa del Rey clash with Athletic Bilbao.

In a recorded message screened at the awards show, Iniesta said: "We want to show our gratitude at having been chosen and apologise for not coming to the gala.

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"We have a hugely important game against Athletic and so we couldn't be there."

But, according to Marca, the Spain midfielder also personally called international team-mates in the Madrid squad to say sorry for their “thoughtlessness”.

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The paper reports that Iniesta claimed the decision was nothing to do with the players, and was down to a difference of opinion with the club’s hierarchy.