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At the end of the 2006/07 season, Gio van Bronckhorst announced that he was leaving the Club after four years at the Camp Nou to rejoin his first club, Feyenoord. Gio them went on to retire from the game after the 2010 World Cup Final. Now assistant coach to Ronald Koeman, Gio gave his view of the current Barça set up, with particular praise for Leo Messi and Josep Guardiola.

Gio remembers what Frank Rijkaard's assistant Henk ten Cate said about Leo Messi the day he made his debut in a friendly against Porto in the 2003/04 season: "he told me that he had seen an incredible talent and he would end up being FC Barcelona's best ever player. Years later, Messi is the absolute star and the public face of the team now and for many years."

Team's hunger down to Guardiola

For Gio, the work carried out by Pep Guardiola is basic to an understanding of the desire the players still show to win titles: "I've spoken with him a few times and I think he is a very good coach who always gives his best at the job. I also see that the team is sharp and still hungry for titles and that's down to him too."

Finally, Gio revealed that he had been at Wembley last May and "I was happy to see so many of my ex-teammates there doing well and I hope that they will win more titles this season."

Kluivert: "The football Barça plays is out of this world"

A couple of days ago another Dutch FC Barcelona ex-player, Patrick Kluivert, talked about Guardiola's squad. In the interview the ex-striker said that "the football that Barça plays is out of this world."

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