Lionel Messi joins the Spanish Footballers Association

The Spanish Footballers Association (AFE) announced on Tuesday that Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, last year voted the world’s best player in a poll of 45,000 footballers around the globe, has decided to join their organisation.

The AFE explained that the Argentine international enlisted following a meeting with President Luis Rubiales in Barcelona, where he attended as a member of the executive committee of FIFPro, the International Federation of Professional Footballers, which represents football players worldwide.

After completing the necessary documentation to form part of the AFE, Messi expressed his satisfaction at being ‘one more in the union’ of which the majority of his fellow footballers in La Primera are members, and with whom he will now share the same rights and obligations.

An AFE statement said: “The AFE is proud to have the two-time winner of the Balon de Oro, which embodies so many values of our sport and sets an example, especially for youngsters.”

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