Lionel Messi, who turns 32 in June, Sergio Busquets, who will be 31 in July, and Gerard Pique, already 32, have hung on, driving the club through fresh cycles of success.
Had Barcelona refused to play the game they could have faced a three-point deduction from La Liga on top of forfeiting the match against Las Palmas.
FC Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has been with the Catalan powerhouse since 2008 and has won multiple silverware with his club. He also played a key role in Barcelona's treble win last season.
Loss of Sergio Busquets could prove an expensive price to pay for a place in the final for the Catalans as they face Real Madrid in a crucial La Liga clash and host Manchester City in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie in the coming weeks.
Sergio Busquets scored in stoppage time to help FC Barcelona beat Valencia 1-0 on a day La Liga was marred by the death of a Deportivo la Coruna fan who was pulled from a freezing river following violent clashes between rival supporters.