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ESPN - Manel Exposito Nou Camp to New Zealand
09.01.13

On November 16, 2003, two young men wearing Blaugrana stepped out for the inaugural match at FC Porto's Estadio do Dragao. Making their debuts for Barcelona, the forwards - who would both go on to score in two Champions League finals - felt they had the football world at their feet.

Eight years and two months later, one of those players has been named the planet's best for a fourth successive time - with 19 major trophies, Lionel Messi has become a sporting icon, squeezing every ounce of potential from his 5' 7" frame - but what became of Barca's other debutant that night in Oporto?

Manel Exposito may have been five years the senior of his teenage team-mate, and unable to boast the sort of precocity that persuaded the Catalans to invest their resources in a pre-pubescent Argentinean, yet the 22-year-old was full of the same hopes and dreams - imagining an idyllic football future in which he was a central cog in Frank Rijkaard's free-flowing first-team.

For the full interview at ESPN Soccernet click here