Pedro renews contract until 30 June 2019

Pedro celebrates with the Liga trophy
The Canary Islander’s buyout clause remains at 150 million euros

FC Barcelona has announced that they have reached an agreement with Pedro Rodríguez to renew his contract until 30 June 2019. The striker’s current contract was due to expire on 30 June 2016.

His buyout clause will remain at 150 million euros.

The Canary Islander will be signing the new deal over the next few days.

Full squad to travel to Berlin

Neymar, Messi, Piqué and Suárez are off to Berlin / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
All 23 first team players named for Berlin, plus Barça B’s Munir, Sandro and Samper

After training for the last time at the Ciutat Esportiva, the Barça coaches have announced who will be travelling to the Champions League Final against Juventus in Berlin. Luis Enrique Martínez is taking all 23 members of his first team to the German capital, as well as Munir, Sandro and Samper of the reserves. With no injuries or suspensions to worry about, the FCB manager has a full squad to pick from on Saturday.

Barça are flying out to Berlin on Friday morning, and will train at the Olympic Stadium early in the evening.

Ronaldinho (@10Ronaldinho): “I hope FC Barcelona can win their fifth Champions League!”

Ronaldinho won the biggest European crown in Paris in 2006 / FCB
Via Twitter, the Brazilian remembers Paris 2006 and wishes his former club all the very best in Berlin

Ronaldinho is hoping that FC Barcelona can win their fifth Champions League on Saturday. In a conversation with the club on Twitter, he says “I hope FC Barcelona can win their fifth Champions League!”, and also remembers the thrill of winning the title in Paris in 2006: “I have fond memories of that final against Arsenal” he says. “Barça will always be in my heart!”

Here’s the full Twitter conversation between FC Barcelona and Ronaldinho:

What memories come back from this photo of @10Ronaldinho and @julianobelletti at Paris ’06? #DR3AM #UCLFinal pic.twitter.com/Y5SgKQI5JR

— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) June 3, 2015

@FCBarcelona_es I have very fond memories of that final against Arsenal. Barça will always be in my heart! pic.twitter.com/4Y1i9hTscL

— Ronaldinho Gaúcho (@10Ronaldinho) June 3, 2015

.@10Ronaldinho We Barça fans all know that. We hope we’ll have your support against Juventus in Berlin #DR3AM pic.twitter.com/MVEWNU9LlL

— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) June 3, 2015

@FCBarcelona_es Of course. Let’s hope Barça win their fifth Champions League on Saturday! pic.twitter.com/IsyDzw430o

— Ronaldinho Gaúcho (@10Ronaldinho) June 3, 2015

From Laudrup to Ibrahimovic, from Barcelona to Turin – players that have featured for both clubs

Eight players have starred for both Barça and Juve / FCB
Eight players have represented both FC Barcelona and juventus over the years. Martín Cáceres is the only one still playing for one of the Champions League fonalists

Michael Laudrup, Juan Pablo Sorín, Edgar Davids, Lilian Thuram, Gianluca Zambrotta, Thierry Henry, Martín Cáceres and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are the eight players that have played for both FC Barcelona and Juventus. Seven of them were in Turin before they donned the FCB jersey. Here’s a look at each of their stories:  

Laudrup explodes

The first player to appear for both sides was Michael Laudrup. The Dane went to Turin to play alongside Michel Platini, Paolo Rossi and Zbigniew Boniek at a young age but struggled to make a name for himself. All that changed when he left for Barça in 1989. The Camp Nou soon discovered that they were watching a unique brand of footballer. A master of the one-on-one, he read the game to perfection and was considered the best passer in the world. At FCB, Laudrup won 11 titles: 1 European Cup (91/92), 1 European Super Cup (1992), 4 Ligas (90/91, 91/92, 92/93, 93/94), 1 Spanish Cup (89/90) and 2 Spanish Super Cups (1991, 1992).

Two winter signings

The next two players to make the same move as Laudrup were Juan Pablo Sorín and Edgar Davids. Both arrived during the winter transfer window, the Argentinian in 2002/03, and the Dutchman in 2004 after seven years with the Old Lady of Turin.

Parallel lives

Two years after Edgar Davids, Lilian Thuram and Gianluca Zambrotta also packed their bags and left Turin for Barcelona. Both wore the Barça jersey for two seasons (2006/07 and 2007/08).

Henry’s dream

While Thuram and Zambrotta were at Barça, Thierry Henry also joined the club on 25 June 2007. He was already a huge international star mainly thanks to what he had done for Arsenal and France, but before going to London, he spent a less successful year at Juventus (1999). Henry had already won the World Cup and European Championship for his country when he came to Catalonia, but he was missing the Champions League, which he would finally win in the treble year of 2009. Between 2007 and 2010, Henry won two Ligas, one Spanish Cup, one Spanish Super Cup, one Champions League, one European Super Cup and one Club World Cup. 

In his final season, Henry was joined in Barcelona attack by Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swede had previously played 92 games for Juventus in the 2004/05 and 2005/06 seasons, before moving to another Italian side, Inter.

Reverse trip for Cáceres

Only one of the eight played for Juventus after their time at FC Barcelona, and that’s Martín Cáceres. The Uruguayan started at Villarreal before forming part of the treble-winning Barça squad of 2009. But he didn’t play a very big role in that achievement and went out on loan to Juventus first and Sevilla second. The Andalusians decided to exercise their right to sign the player permanently, but one season later the defender went back to Juventus, where he finally managed to find an established home. After three seasons in Serie A, Cáceres is currently recovering from surgery on his left ankle, which brought his season to an early conclusion in March.

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JUGADOR

JUVENTUS

BARÇA

Michael Laudrup

1985 – 1989

1989 – 1994

Juan Pablo Sorín

1995 – 1996

2003

Edgar Davids

1997 – 2004

2004

Lilian Thuram

2001 – 2006

2006 – 2008

Gianluca Zambrotta

1999 – 2006

2006 – 2008

Thierry Henry

1999

2007 – 2010

Martín Cáceres

2009 – 2010 (cedit)

2012 – actualment

2008 – 2009

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

2004 – 2006

2009 – 2010

Final session at the Ciutat Esportiva

Barça train at the Ciutat Esportiva for the last time this season / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
FC Barcelona train on Thursday morning in Sant Joan Despí with Andrés Iniesta among the group

Barça trained on Thursday at the Ciutat Esportiva for the last time before the Champions League Final. All of the first team were present, including Andrés Iniesta, who has been doing individual exercises since the Spanish Cup Final, and they were also joined by reserve team striker Munir.

The next training session will be in the Olympic Stadium itself in Berlin on Friday at 7.45pm CET. The players will be flying out to the German capital on Friday morning ready for Saturday’s battle with Juventus for the most coveted title in European club football. It kicks off at 8.45pm CET.