With the last day of 2020 already in full motion, the media have set it upon themselves to evaluate the whole year and choose the most influential and valuable players in sports. Of course, you can’t have such ceremonies and awards without Barcelona’s finest so Lionel Messi is once again mentioned.
SPORT are hosting the third edition of their SPORT and Prensa Ibérica Values Awards which essentially names the most valuable persons across various categories.
Despite the pandemic still raging on, the gala will be held on 5 January and Messi will participate as well. The Argentine has won the award for bringing the most international value and is here among some other big names like Rafael Nadal and Carolina Marín who are the most influential male and female representatives respectively.
Mundo Deportivo are also preoccupied by a very similar manner. According to them, the late Diego Armando Maradona is the person of the year 2020.
Of course, this is also their way of honouring the late genious who passed away earlier this year. In other news, they talk about Philippe Coutinho’s injury and how it may keep him out between six and eight weeks.
Needless to say, this is yet another problem Ronald Koeman has to deal with in 2021.
Ronald Araujo returns to Barcelona first-team training ahead of Sevilla clash
This Saturday afternoon, Barcelona will travel to Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan to face Sevilla for the control of the third place in the table. The Andalusians have already proved they are an incredibly tricky opponent so this clash is bound to be a big one once more.
But there is some good news for Ronald Koeman ahead of the Saturday challenge. Barcelona have officially confirmed that Ronald Araujo is once again training with the team. Of course, the centre-back has been out of action for quite some time now and the Catalans have missed him dearly.
He may be still young and developing but the Uruguayan is a true rock in their defence. Having him available should definitely help in the remainder of the season, especially since Gerard Pique is also back.
However, we still don’t know whether Koeman will risk his defensive talisman right from the start this Saturday, even if he is given the green light. Sometimes, throwing players into the fire immediately, especially for such a huge game, can be counterproductive.
Araujo is surely eager to play but Koeman needs to think long-term when making this tricky decision. Despite the opposition and the importance of the match, maybe it wouldn’t be that bad to start him on the bench.
After all, he can always be substituted in if the team requires some extra solidity in the latter parts of the clash. Hopefully, however, it doesn’t come to that.
Either way, this is a must-win game and the team better be ready to face the challenge.