Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus was invited by the Futbol Club Barcelona to visit the FCB Stadium and Museum during his stay in Barcelona on 26-27 January. He was welcomed by the Vice President of the club Mr Jordi Cardoner and Member of the Board Dídac Lee by Campe Nou.Professor Yunus was given a tour of the Stadium and a special tour of the museum during his visit. He was invited to walk over the pitch which is not normally allowed to do. He was taken to the VIP box to get a view of the field to get a feel of how the game feels like when it takes place on the pitch. He was invited to come and watch any game from the VIP Box whenever he wishes to do it. He was taken to the media gallery to experience the views of the pitch as the media see it. He was interviewed by the FCB official TV channel. Later, Professor Yunus was taken to the museum and given a guided tour of the resourceful museum. The hosts took out the trophy that FCB won the 2015 World Club Football Championship last December. He also took photos of one of Messi’s five gold footballs. FCB is home to the two greatest players alive today Leonil Messi of Argentina and Neymar of Brazil. The Vice President of the Club said they are honored to host Professor Yunus and would like to learn from him about how to bring a smile to people especially kids faces through football.
Professor invited Messi, Neymar, Pique, and Shakira to visit Bangladesh and participate in the Social Business Day. Vice President promised to convey the invitation to them. It may mentioned that both Messi and Shakira are members of SDG Advocacy Group of the united Nations along with Professor Yunus, announced by Ban Ki Moon last week by the UN Secretary General The Vice President Jordi Cardoner expressed his commitment to collaborate with Professor Yunus on his social business initiatives around the world.
The winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Muhammad Yunus visited FC Barcelona on Tuesday during his stay in the city as part of the Barcelona Social Business City, an initiative that he himself has put together that focuses on reducing social problems via the promotion of the tertiary sector and business. The project last season was backed by the FC Barcelona Foundation.
FC Barcelona vice president Jordi Cardoner and Club director Dídac Lee welcomed Yunus to Camp Nou along with FC Barcelona Foundation patron Ramon Garriga, congratulating the Bangladeshi as they did so for his work with the socially excluded and young people.
Jordi Cardoner, Vice President FCB said: “It’s an honour to have Professor Yunus here, a person who has done so much for humanity and who is so sensitive to society’s needs. The interest he has shown in a Club like ours is a source of great pride and it is very important for a Nobel Prize winner to recognise the importance of ‘more than a club.’
Professor Yunus said: “I am very excited to be here. In Bangladesh everyone is a Barça fan, people know all about the Club and the players. It’s surprising the passion that people have. Sport is a dream for them, especially for young people. Barça brings people together and that strength can bring good things for others, as they say ‘more than a club’ and that has an unstoppable potential.