MESSI MESSI MESSI
The Ballon d’Or winner scored a hat trick and was acclaimed by the whole Camp Nou.
He shared his trophy with Xavi, Iniesta and all the culés.
He opened Barça’s way to victory with a fantastic goal
He has scored one more goal than Cristiano during this season so far.
Barça 5 – 0 Betis
Lionel Messi, Andrés Iniesta and Xavi Hernández received a standing ovation from the FC Barcelona faithful before the Copa del Rey game against Real Betis. As a tribute, the mothers of the three players, Maria Mercè Creus (mother of Xavi), María Luján (Iniesta) and Celia Cuccittini (Messi), had recorded messages for their famous sons and the crowd revelled as they were played on the loud speaker.
FC Barcelona – Real Betis
(Wednesday January 12, 2011 @ 22:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time)
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“‘Three were the daughters of Elena’, is how the song went. Three were the blaugrana sons on the podium. The others picked up the crumbs. And the one who won the golden ball has been the best player in the world of the best team ever. Even so, if FIFA had listened to my vote it would have been for Xavi. It will be difficult for him and Iniesta to have another opportunity like this, but Leo is Leo…
“In Barcelona they’re preparing a bunker to guard against the campaigns to destabilize the locker room. Perhaps the award divides them, perhaps in Catalunya they don’t support a player from the national team… Nonsense. The socios of Barça are already over the moon with the tri [being nominated]. If the World Cup didn’t have so much influence, its an overwhelming testament that Messi is the best in the world. And to those who take second and third as items for bonfires [rumors, flare ups], be careful not to get burned. Football won, Barça won and the best won. Three in one….”
Respected sports journalist Carmé Barceló reacts to the controversy arising in Spain about the Ballon d’Or in an article titled “Marvelous three in one“.
History waits for Leo Messi with open arms: for some, he is already the best player of all time, and titles are on track to confirm him as such. Individually, the Argentine already has two Ballon d’Ors and a FIFA World Player of the Year award. But at only 23, his era has just began. At the moment, FC Barcelona’s striker has already made history. Players that have two gold balls or more are: Ronaldo, Van Basten, Platini, Rummenigge, Keegan, Beckenbauer, Cruyff and Di Stefano. Among this list, Messi is the youngest to receive the second award. Johan Cruyff, for example, was 26 years old in 1973, when he received his second Golden Ball. Marco van Basten, until now the youngest, was 25 years old in 1989, when he received his second award. Rummenigge and Ronaldo were 26 years old when they received their second and final awards. The oldest at the time of receiving the second award was Di Stefano in 1959 at age 33.
Today more rumors came to life again as Spanish Radio – ONA FM – reported during its transmission ‘La graderia’ that FC Barcelona and Gaby Milito have already agreed to let the defender go-ahead and negotiate any contract with another club during the January transfer period. There are already negotiations taking place with some clubs interested in Milito.
FC Barcelona’s first team trained this Wednesday afternoon, from 12:30, at the Camp Nou, in their last session before tonight’s clash with Real Betis. The big news of the session was the improvement of the pitch.
Part 1 can be found here.
In 1998 when Xavi was only 18 years old, then first team coach Louis Van Gaal gave him his debut against Real Mallorca in the Spanish Super Cup. But that wasn’t the first time he got to share a dressing room with some of his heroes. Already as age 17 Xavi had the chance to train with the first team which had a big impact on him as he described in the documentary Kings Clubs: FC Barcelona: “It had a huge impact on me, because I was only 17, a youth team player, Guardiola, Amor, Stoickov, Xavi Ferre, Sergi, Luis Enriqué – they treated me very well, they took me under their wings. It was a strange feeling because one day I was watching them play on television and the next I was sharing their dressing room, training with them, passing the ball to them. To begin with I admit I was pretty scared, but they helped me through it.”
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