- Title: Messi and Suarez visit sick children at hospital
- Date: 3rd January 2017
- Summary: VARIOUS OF FC BARCELONA PLAYERS ON TRAINING PITCH MESSI, SUAREZ AND JAVIER MASCHERANO ON TRAINING PITCH
- Embargoed: 18th January 2017 15:57
- Keywords: Barcelona Luis Enrique Lionel Messi Luis Suarez Children's hospital
- Location: BARCELONA, SPAIN
- City: BARCELONA, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0025XJ18HR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Lionel Messi visited Barcelona's Hospital de Nens on Tuesday (January 3) with striker Luis Suarez where they handed presents to children ahead of the celebration of the Epiphany on Friday (January 6).
In a small room, Messi and Suarez signed autographs and talked with children after opening presents with them, while hospital staff and relatives took pictures.
Earlier, Barca players returned to training to prepare for their Thursday (January 5) match against Athletic Bilbao in the King's Cup and their match against Villarreal on Sunday (January 8) in La Liga.
Barca's players visited different hospitals on Tuesday, and coach Luis Enrique Martinez joined players Sergio Busquets and Jeremy Mathieu at the Hospital de Barcelona, while Neymar visited Hospital Sant Joan de Deu with Gerard Pique, Paco Alcacer, Samuel Umtiti and Sergi Roberto.
They signed t-shirts, pictures, scarfs and posed for pictures with the children, many of whom were dressed in the "blaugrana" colours.
Barca faces Villarreal away in La Liga on Sunday (January 8).
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