Aitor Begiristain (Olaberria, Guipúzcoa, 1964), or 'Txiki' as he is known, was another of the key members of the legendary 'Dream Team'
Portrait of Txiqui
- Seasons at the club: 1988-95 - Games played: 419 - Goals scored: 121 - Trophies: 1 European Cup (1991/92) 1 Cup Winners Cup (1988/89) 1 European Super Cup (1992) 4 Leagues (1990/91, 91/92, 92/93 and 93/94) 1 Spanish Cup (1989/90) 3 Spanish Super Cups (1991, 1992 and 1994) 2 Copa Catalunya (1990/91 and 92/93)
Signed from Real Sociedad, along with José Mari Bakero and López Recarte, he was a versatile striker who could play just behind the forwards or on either wing, although he always preferred to play on the left.
He was a classically quick-witted player, capable of producing both skill and fantasy. He was a perfect master of the one-on-one, and often finished off his moves with accurate crosses or powerful shots. Manager Johan Cruyff’s common solution for finding ways through in difficult matches was to tell his players to “get the ball to Txiki”. He was also a player with a very down to earth nature, and that won him the full affection of the fans.
He was the FC Barcelona director of football from 2003 to 30th June 2010.