The Nicaraguan Football Association have released an official statement regarding Juan Barrera’s (one of the team captains) recent comment on him voting for Lionel Messi  for FIFA “The Best” award. 

According to Spanish publication, Tribuna, the federation has explained that FIFA have used the out-of-date document signed by Barrera last year. Besides, the recently appointed captain Manuel Rosas is the one whose votes were to count.

Explanation by Nicaragua FA

“Like every year, following FIFA’s request, the Nicaraguan Football Federation has sent the votes for “The Best” awards to the head coach Henry Duarte, who is in turn of naming which of our captains would be in charge of voting.

Manuel Rosas, who had already cast his votes in the previous years, was elected. 

“Due to an administrative error, which is an act of transparency we assumed within our association, at the time of receiving the votes FIFA included the name and the signature of Juan Barrera, the one which was used last year, with FIFA confirming the validity of the document and the official stamps of our federation. 

“Indeed, as it looks on FIFA’s official list, both the coach, Henry Duarte, and the player, Manuel Rosas, cast the votes in the same way: 1 – Lionel Messi (5 points), 2 – Sadio Mane (3 points), 3 – Cristiano Ronaldo (1 point).

“Fenifut wishes to make it clear that the whole situation was a misunderstanding. Even if we take responsibility for the administrative error, we understand the inconveniences caused by one of our captains.

“Fenifut wishes to apologize for the misunderstandings this whole affair generated in relation to “The Best” award organized by FIFA.”

As a reminder, Nicaragua captain Juan Barrera insisted that he hadn’t voted for Messi – or anyone else – as it was said in FIFA ballot.

“I did not vote for #TheBest2019 awards. Any information about my vote is false, thanks,” Barrera wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. 

On Monday, FIFA officially named Leo Messi as the best player in the world. Previously, he had won the award five times: in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015. Cristiano, Lionel’s arch-rival, has won the award on five occasions. 

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