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FC Barcelona News: 20 May 2012; Barça and Real Congratulate Chelsea, Messi the Top Scorer in Champions League

Four season in a row now has Messi finished as the top scorer in the Champions League.
Four season in a row now has Messi finished as the top scorer in the Champions League.

Messi finishes as top-scorer of the 2011-12 Champions League with 14 goals -
Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi has finished the 2011-12 Champions League campaign as top-scorer with 14 goals in 11 appearances, thus equalling Jose Altafini's European Cup record from 1962-63 for AC Milan.

Barcelona, Real congratulate Chelsea - Soccerway
The two Spanish sides, who were widely expected to participate in Saturday's final, were dumped out at the last-four stage of the competition by the finalists, but various members from Barcelona and Madrid have nonetheless applauded Roberto Di Matteo's men for their achievement.

#wembley1992 | FC Barcelona
On May 20, 1992, FC Barcelona made history in style by winning the European Cup for the first time. Twenty years have passed since Koeman scored his famous winner, and Barça is now offering all fans the chance to send us their memories of that night in the form of photos or videos.

Wembley through Italian eyes | FC Barcelona
Barça fans will always remember three images. That of Koeman scoring the winner, and that of Cruyff climbing over the advertising hoarding, and that of Alexanco lifting the cup. But they rarely appreciate what that night was like from an Italian point of view. May 20, 1992, may have sparked off celebrations in Barcelona, but the memories are far less fond in Genoa.

Four seeking first cup | FC Barcelona
The Calderón will be the venue for the Copa del Rey Final debuts of Javier Mascherano, Alexis Sánchez, Thiago Alcântara and Isaac Cuenca. The fifth would be Andreu Fontàs, but he misses the game through injury. None of them have ever won a senior national cup, either with Barça or anybody else.

Pinto, Piqué and Puyol most used in the cup | FC Barcelona
Barça play the Copa del Rey Final on Friday after winning two-legged matches against Valencia, Real Madrid, Osasuna and L’Hospitalet. José Manuel Pinto is the only player who appeared in all of those matches, 720 minutes, and Víctor Valdés and the injured Afellay who played no part.

Barcelona interested in Villarreal striker Nilmar - report -
The Brazil international arrived at the Yellow Submarine in 2009 for the sum of €16.5 million and has since scored only 26 goals in 85 matches in Primera Division. Nilmar is reportedly among the top earners at El Madrigal at €95,000 per week, and following Villarreal's relegation to the Segunda it is believed that the club would like to cut their wage bill.

Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain remains tight-lipped over future - ESPN Soccernet
Gonzalo Higuain insists his future has yet to be decided but has acknowledged he is unhappy with his playing time at Real Madrid."It was a tough year," he told MARCA. "When you don't play, you suffer, but after the hard times it ended on a high note with our title win."

Joaquin Caparros signs new Mallorca deal - ESPN Soccernet
Real Mallorca coach Joaquin Caparros has signed a new deal to stay at the club next season, after guiding the Balaeric Island side to eighth place in La Liga. Caparros, 56, took over at Mallorca last October following the resignation of Michael Laudrup and was originally contracted until June 30.

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