Rosell hails ''great day'' for Barca
Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has hailed Monday's FIFA Ballon d'Or ceremony in Zurich as ''a great day'' for the club.
Three of the Catalan side's stars - Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi - are competing for the prize of the world's best player, while Pep Guardiola is among the finalists for the coach of the year award and Rosell was beaming with pride when asked about the event.
"It is certainly a great day for Barcelona, and it is one of those goals that you know may never be repeated,'' he said. "It is thanks to the work of many people over 30 years, their time and effort, and those people who believed. In recent years, this has been the result. Barcelona is happy because whoever wins, the club wins."
Iniesta told reporters as he boarded a flight to Switzerland that he would be happy whoever wins the prize.
"I am honored by the very fact of being here, to be with my two companions,'' he said. "I'll be happy whatever happens. Whoever wins will be worthy and therefore everyone will be happy. The truth is that there is a possibility that I can win the title, because of the fact that I am among the three candidates. Let's see what happens."
Only one Spanish player has won the prize before, Barcelona great Luis Suarez in 1960, and the former midfielder admitted he would be pleased if another of his countrymen picked up the award.
"I was tired of there being no other Spanish player to win the trophy, and in this case, I'm happier that it will be a Barcelona player," he said.