Lionel Messi © Getty Images
Lionel Messi © Getty Images
Sarajevo (Bosnia):  FC Barcelona Argentine superstar Lionel Messi sent a signed jersey to be auctioned for providing aid to a Bosnian hospital. The jersey will be put under the hammer for the pediatrics department of a hospital in the central Bosnian town of Travnik, reports Efe. Bosnian humanitarian activist Jasmina Fajkic said on Friday the funds to be raised in the auction through the sale of shirts of several sportsmen will be allocated to purchase new medical equipment for the department. Fajkic was able to contact Messi through Catalan humanitarian activists, and said that Messi, upon hearing that it was for children, immediately offered support and sent a signed shirt. The auction, which began on December 21 and closes on January 5, also includes the signed shirts of Croatian Real Madrid player Mateo Kovacic and Bosnians Miralem Pjanic and Edin Dzeko of AS Roma.

Earlier, Messi topped Marca’s list of best footballers in 2015 while Cristiano Ronaldo was eighth on the list, reports Xinhua. Rather than picking the players themselves, Marca left the ordering up to reader’s votes. The year 2015 was undeniably the year of FC Barcelona. Luis Enrique’s side finish the year as the best club team on the planet. That accolade was locked up by five trophies – the Copa del Rey, European SuperCup, La Liga, the Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup. While Barca’s achievements were incredible, they seem to have skewed the results of Marca’s top 10 players of 2015 list. According to results, for example, Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is eighth, while Barcelona’ s generally understated midfielder Sergio Busquets is sixth.

There were only two non-Spanish players picked in the top 10, while Barcelona had six players in the list. The full Marca top 10 is as follows:

1. Leo Messi (Barcelona)
2. Neymar (Barcelona)
3. Luis Suarez (Barcelona)
4. Anders Iniesta (Barcelona)
5. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
6. Sergio Busquets (Barcelona)
7. Claudio Bravo (Barcelona)
8. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
9. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)
10. Paul Pogba (Juventus)