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