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14.07.2010 13:40

Eddy Merckx meets Sandro Rosell


Legendary cyclist Eddie Merckx visited FC Barcelona president Sandro Rosell on Wednesday morning and was presented with a limited edition first team shirt that was the same as the one worn by the Blaugrana in the Champions League final in 2009.

"It is a great honour to meet the new Barša president," Mercx told Barša TV and www.fcbarcelona.cat during an extended interview for the club's television channel. "Barša are a great team and he is a great president."

A very special gift

2010-07-14_VISITA_EDDY_MERCKX_003.jpgMerckx and Rosell chatted for a while before the shirt presentation took place. The Belgian cyclist saw the Champions League final in 2009 live in Rome with his grandson and that is who will receive the prized jersey.

The man that won the Tour de France five times is in Barcelona as his grandson is set to appear for Belgium's Under-16 hockey team in the European Championships at the Real Club de Polo.

Barša fan

This is not Merckx's first visit to Camp Nou however. "I like Barša a lot," he admitted because revealing that he is a member of honour and has been to see various games.

Tour de France

2010-07-14_VISITA_EDDY_MERCKX_002.jpgDuring his chat with Rosell the cyclist talked about Barša and also about the 2010 Tour de France. "The favourite is Contador because he has everything," Merckx explained. "Although Andy Schleck is a good runner, I think Contador has it all."

Merckx was accompanied on his visit to Barša by former director of sportswear firm Kelme Rafa Carrasco.
Photos: └lex Caparrˇs-FCB.
Photos: └lex Caparrˇs-FCB.

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Watching games
Looking ahead to the 2010-11 season Eddie Merckx explained: "I will come to Barcelona. During the year I do visit, not for a lot of games, but for the most important ones." He then revealed his dream would be to see Barša take on Anderlecht.

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