President Josep Maria Bartomeu with Yoichi Takahashi / GERMAN PARGA-FCB

The creator of the cartoon ‘Captain Tsubasa’, Yoichi Takahashi, was a guest of the Club for the FC Barcelona-Athletic Club game on Sunday at Camp Nou. The Japanese artist was welcomed by the president Josep Maria Bartomeu before the game in the President Suñol suite, together with a delegation from Japan that included the well-known singer Naotaro Moriyama.

To coincide with his visit some of Takahashi’s illustrations were put on show, amongst which there was one of Leo Messi. That particular picture was one of five that was presented to the Club at an institutional event in Tokyo during the recent Club World Cup in Japan. The other illustrations were of fellow Barça players Neymar, Iniesta, Suárez and Piqué, also created by Takahashi.

The Japanese artist has always shown himself to be a big Barça fan. His illustrations have helped the Club’s popularity in his home country as one of the lead character’s aspirations in the programme ‘Captain Tsubasa’ is to play for FC Barcelona.

The man himself added: “The football that FC Barcelona is the best in the world and that helps inspire my drawings. The characters are based on the current Barça players. It is true that I am a big fan of FC Barcelona and today [Sunday] I have come to enjoy the game.”

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