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All Hail The World's Greatest Editor

From being ‘a little nervous’ about his Barça debut, to the ‘beautiful memory’ of bagging Olympic gold with good pal Sergio Aguero and a ‘perfect night’ scoring his 500th goal to win El Clasico against Real Madrid, the new gaffer talks us through the most iconic moments of a stellar career – and then puts us back to work!

ARGENTINA 2-1 BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA
WORLD CUP, GROUP STAGE
June 15, 2014

I’d had to wait eight years for my second World Cup goal. We wanted to have a great tournament and started off with a win against Bosnia, and I scored our second goal. It all happened very quickly. I picked the ball up near the halfway line and tried to burst towards their penalty area. I played a one-two with Gonzalo Higuain and then shot from the edge of the box. Luckily it all came off.
We’d performed brilliantly in qualifying and secured our place in Brazil with several games to spare, then demonstrated that we were a great team by reaching the final. We didn’t quite manage to win the tournament, but we’d done everything we could. The World Cup is very important for all of the people in Argentina and it would be a dream to win it with the national team one day.


ESPANYOL 0-1 BARCELONA
LA LIGA
October 16, 2004

Here I am coming on as a substitute for Deco against our local rivals Espanyol back in 2004. I was definitely a little nervous as I was about to come onto the field for my debut. It was a very important moment for me, something I’d desperately wanted for a long time, and I was maybe a bit impatient!
I already had the confidence from working with the coach, Frank Rijkaard, and all of the players. I’d been training with the staff and the team. That helped me to settle into the first team a little easier.
It was a very special day for me – it was the dream I had always been hoping would eventually come true, although it feels like such a long time ago now.


BARCELONA 7-1 BAYER LEVERKUSEN
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE, LAST 16
March 7, 2012

What an incredible night! I’m not sure I could ever rank my goals over one another – I honestly don’t believe that any strike was prettier than the other.
I was just delighted to get five and, more importantly, that the team won so convincingly. I didn’t realise at the time that I was the first player to score five goals in a Champions League game. I just thought we had played very well as a team and was happy about that. Honestly, I prefer it when the team wins – it’s a team game and without the team I couldn’t do anything.

Words Andy Mitten


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