Rafael Nadal may be a Real Madrid fan but he took time out to praise Andres Iniesta as he prepares to leave Spain for China. He said: “Iniesta has brought us joy, he’s helped us be happy, enjoy ourselves and he has always behaved with respect, naturalness and normality, which is the most important thing.”
Barcelona’s Copa del Rey win on Saturday was the sixth time Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique had lifted the trophy. They draw level with legendary defender Segarra as the players with the most Copa wins in the club’s history.
El Clasico is just a couple of weeks away and it’s been confirmed that Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez will referee the match at the Camp Nou. The ref was in charge of last season’s match between the two sides at the Santiago Bernabeu, which Barca won 3-2.
Barcelona midfielder Lieke Martens has spoken about how Ronaldinho was her idol growing up. The regining women’s FIFA and UEFA player of the year also says she is hoping to pip Atletico Madrid to the league title in her first season at the Camp Nou.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen took to Twitter to pass on his congratulations to Barcelona’s youngsters after they won beat Chelsea 3-0 in the Youth League final on Monday. He said: “We start this week how we ended the last, with another trophy! Well done boys, a great achievement for La Masia.”