Lionel Messi led a host of Barcelona stars to their Christmas party held on Wednesday, December 19.

The Barcelona stars had no midweek game and the players gathered at the Via Veneto restaurant in the city to celebrate the festive period.

Senior players such as Gerrard Pique, Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets were all present and on time to the occasion.


Youngster Ousmane Dembele according to the Daily Mail was again the last of the Barcelona players to arrive.

Gerrard Pique and Rafinha
Gerrard Pique and Rafinha

The annual pre-Christmas get-together was organized for the players as they have just one game before the midterm break.

The only two players that were absent from the Barcelona get together were France defender Samuel Umtiti who is in Qatar recovering from a knee injury and also Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho who traveled outside the country during the break.

According to a report by the Daily Mail, the Barcelona stars chose from mushroom and chestnuts, Hispanic goat, roasted red partridge, roasted duck with cabbage and potato stew.

Ousmane Dembele
Ousmane Dembele

Before the break, Barcelona have a game against Celta Vigo on Saturday, December 22.

Barcelona are on top of the Spanish LaLiga table three points ahead of Sevilla, Atletico Madrid and five points ahead of arch-rivals Real Madrid.

The reigning LaLiga champions Barcelona have been draw in the UEFA Champions League round of 16.