Tito Vilanova could not have wished for a better start to his new job. Liga records were smashed left, right and centre as the team continued its relentless match forwards. They sealed first place in their Champions League group ahead of Celtic, Benfica and Spartak Moscow. Messi and Iniesta were both nominated for the Ballon d’Or (along with Cristiano Ronaldo) and Villa scored his 300th goal as a professional. November 25 was a particularly historic day. After Alves was injured against Levante, all eleven of the FCB players on the field were products of the club’s own youth programme.