Messi won’t attend FIFA award ceremony

Lionel Messi will not attend the FIFA awards ceremony later Monday, when Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to be named the world’s best player for 2016. Barcelona says it decided Messi would skip the event in Zurich and be “prioritizing preparations” for a match on Wednesday. Messi’s teammates, including Neymar, who could be named in a World XI voted for by players, will also not travel. Ronaldo is favored to win his fourth FIFA player award after helping Portugal and Real Madrid become European champions last year.

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