Messi was in the headlines on Wednesday after an interview in which he apologized to Barca fans for requesting to leave the club over the summer saying he "accepted" his "error" in an attempt to bring some further calm after a difficult few months at the club.
The runners-up, a joint team from Liaoning and Sichuan, finished in 3:53.12, and Guangdong took the third place in 3:53.39. Enditem
Lewandowski not only collected the trophy for the best striker but crowned the club's triumphal march by winning the UEFA Men's Player of the Year award.
"It's obviously an honor to play at the center court, playing against David, he is a great player. I know him very well, we're good friends, so it's not easy."
Shijiazhuang will go to the Dalian division, where the relegation competition is held. Their first opponent is Dalian Pro, coached by Spaniard Rafael Benitez.
"Liaoning put a lot of pressure to us in the first set, so I encouraged my players to counterattack them even more fiercely," said Zhejiang head coach Wang Hebing.
In the women's elite race, former world half-marathon record holder and winner of the 2019 New York Marathon winner Joyciline Jepkosgei will spearhead the event.
"My goal was to reach the podium, but I didn't expect to win the title," said Song.
Mendilibar lost several key players, such as Fabio Orellana, Charles and Escalante over the summer, while Ivan Ramis retired, and so far adequate replacements haven't arrived leaving the squad weaker than the one which struggled last season.
Naldo is known as being highly empathic, always having an ear for team internal developments.
Malmo cruised past Croatian side, NK Lokomotiva 5-0 at home in the last qualifying round, they have a lot more European experience than the Spanish side (who are making their debut in Europe this campaign) and they are tough to beat at home.