There are Barça players fighting for the Ballon D’Or, the Puskas Prize and a place in the FIFPro World XI today. In addition, Guardiola is in the running for the Manager of the Year Award.
FC Barcelona could well come away with the lion's share of the prizes at the FIFA gala in the Kongresshaus in Zurich. Messi and Xavi are in the running for the Ballon D'Or alongside Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, but the two will not be on their own at the awards, with the Club providing candidates for all the other main prizes at the event, which begins at 19.00.
Manager of the Year
Pep Guardiola is one of three candidates, alongside Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Fergusson, for the Manager of the Year Award, just a week after been named the IFFHS Coach of 2011.
Goal against Arsenal set for Puskas prize
Leo Messi is up for not just the Player of the Year Award, but also for the best goal of the year for his strike against Arsenal in the Champions League game at the Camp Nou. In that competition he is up against goals from Santos star Neymar and Manchester United's Wayne Rooney.
11 Barça players up for World XI
There are also 11 Barça players in line for a place in the 2011 FIFPro World XI -Valdés, Alves, Puyol, Piqué, Abidal, Sergio Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Cesc Fàbregas, Messi and Villa – with the Club providing more players than any other for the award. (via FCBarcelona.cat)