Last summer in Washington, Morgan played in a game organised by FC Barcelona's ambassador in the United States, Mia Hamm, which also featured Kobe Bryant and Pep Guardiola, among others. The young Californian impressed that day, and things have just got better for her. Now the biggest star in her national side, the Western New York Flash striker is currently in Barcelona, where she has enjoyed a visit to the FCB facilities. "It amazing to be in this city, and be wearing this jersey", she told Barça TV.

"I've been a Barça fan for some time. A lot my friends at college were Barça fans and we started watching probably five or six years ago, and I've been following them very closely ever since", said the member of the side that finished runners-up at the recent World Cup in Germany. Morgan, who scored the first goal of the final against eventual winners Japan, explained what she admires most about FC Barcelona: "There are a lot of reasons I'm a big Barça fan. I love the way they play, their style, but what's so great about this team is that they're so great individually, but they come together as a team. Pep Guardiola has done so much for this team ... It's really exciting to see them do so well, and succeed, and get as many trophies as they have".

Best team and player in the world

The 22-year-old, who won the Silver Ball at the Under 20 World Cup in Chile in 2008, said that "Barça play the best soccer in the world, they do magic on the field." When asked to single out one particular player, she answered that "Messi is just out of this world. He's on another level. He can just do so much with the soccer ball, so I have to go with Messi".

Alex Morgan, who now has her own number 12 Barça top, says she'll keep following her favourite club on TV. "I love the way they celebrate goals. Everybody is so excited after they score a goal – it doesn't matter if it's the first goal or the seventh goal. They always celebrate together as a team".

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