Messi surpasses Cesar / PHOTO: ARCHIVE FCB

This was a near-perfect month as far as results were concerned. Consecutive wins against Sporting, Racing, Sevilla, Granada, Mallorca and Athletic Bilbao got FCB back on track in La Liga. Messi netted an incredible five goals in the 7-1 rout of Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League, and the quarter finals of that competition got off to a decent start with a 0-0 draw at the San Siro. But there was also the dreadful news of the relapse of Éric Abidal’s illness, meaning that would he require a liver transplant. Barça also bade farewell to Estanislau Basora, one of the strikers in the legendary
team of the Five Cups.