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FC Barcelona News: 16 October 2014; Luis Suarez Receives Golden Shoe, Tenth Anniversary of Lionel Messi's Debut

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Interactive timeline: Ten years since Leo Messi's debut
Interactive timeline: Ten years since Leo Messi's debut

Lionel Messi marks 10th anniversary Barcelona debut - Graham Hunter - ESPN FC
Carles Puyol has a way to describe Lionel Messi, and, even after 10 years, I don't have a better one. After many seasons of watching him in bafflement and admiration, Puyol, the former Barcelona centre-back, simply reckons that "there's a special part of Messi's brain allowing him to see the split-second chaos of football in his own personal super slow motion."

Luis Suárez receives Golden Shoe 2013/14 | FC Barcelona
Luis Suárez is the golden boy. On Wednesday at the Damm Brewery in Barcelona he was presented with the Golden Shoe award that he shares this year with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, who both scored 31 goals in the Premiership and La Liga last season, respectively. The new Barça signing was in glowing form alongside his wife Sofia at an event that attracted massive media attention, with more than 100 members of the press packed into the hall.

Luis Suárez: "I'm fine. I feel 100%" | FC Barcelona
Luis Suárez is going into the Clásico in fine form. At the presentation of the 2013/14 Golden Shoe he said that "after playing two friendlies for Uruguay I’m feeling fine physically, much better than I expected in fact. I can now say for sure that I’m 100% at my best."

Sergio Busquets, nominee for best midfielder of La Liga 2013/14 | FC Barcelona
Sergio Busquets is one of the three candidates to be named Liga Midfielder of the Year 2013/14. He has been nominated along with Atlético’s Gabi and Real Madrid’s Modric, and the winner will be revealed at the LFP Awards Gala that presents trophies to the best players in both the first and second divisions of Spanish football.

The genius of Pep Guardiola, summed up by a late-night call to Messi | Eurosport
It's 10 o'clock at night on the day before the final Clasico of the 2008-09 season. Lionel Messi is pottering about his Madrid hotel room, about to get ready for bed.The phone rings. It's Pep Guardiola."Leo, it's Pep. I've just seen something important. Really important. Why don't you come over. Now, please."

Lionel Messi: how Argentinian teenager signed for Barcelona on a serviette | Sid Lowe | Football | The Guardian
Horacio Gaggioli still has the serviette hidden away somewhere, although there have been calls to place it in Barcelona’s museum. Every now and then he takes it out and shows it off carefully. On Sunday, 17 September 2000, Gaggioli was waiting for Messi at El Prat airport in Barcelona. Messi, aged 13, was flying across the Atlantic with his father, Jorge, and Fabián Soldini, the player’s agent and Gaggioli’s partner. Together with Josep Maria Minguella, they had arranged for Messi to have a trial at Barcelona.

Luck on Real Madrid's side as dreaded FIFA virus is avoided - ESPN FC
"The FIFA virus" is a term that leaves us with little doubt that club managers are not overly keen on their best players travelling across land and sea to risk their fitness level for a cause that doesn't help the club that pay their wages.

Sami Khedira due to return to Real Madrid training following thigh injury - ESPN FC
Khedira, 27, sustained the problem in Madrid's 4-2 loss at Real Sociedad on Aug. 31 -- the second La Liga match of the season. The former Stuttgart player then made a brief visit to join up with the Germany team ahead of their friendly against Argentina when the injury was diagnosed.