Barca pick up top IFFHS awards

Barcelona captured the top awards at Monday’s IFFHS (International Federation of Football History and Statistics) Gala, held in the Catalan capital.

The ceremony was organised to recognise the best performances in world football during 2011, with Pep Guardiola, Xavi Hernandez and Lionel Messi all picking up accolades, while Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas also got in on the act, reports La Vanguardia.

But it was left to Barca to carry off seven of the 37 awards on offer – including the two most important of best European team and best team in the world over the last decade – while La Blaugrana also finished first in the World Rankings for 2011, a year in which they won the Champions League, World Club Cup, European Super Cup and Supercopa de Espana.

The IFFHS is an organisation founded in 1984 that chronicles the history and records of association football, with prizes also given to Xavi as ‘best organiser’ followed by Messi as ‘best goalscorer’, while Guardiola picked up the ‘best Coach’ award ahead of Real Madrid’s Jose Mourinho.

Cristiano Ronaldo was chosen as ‘second-best goalscorer in La Liga’ with teammate Casillas honoured as ‘best goalkeeper’.

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