Ronald Koeman celebrates his title-winning goal / PHOTO: MARK LEECH

It was the 111th minute in the first half of overtime in Wembley Stadium when Ronald Koeman unleashed one of his trademark free kicks to give the Blaugrana a one-goal lead over Sampdoria. His goal, perhaps one of the most emblematic of Barça’s storied history, sealed the first ever European Cup title for FC Barcelona.

The Dutchman, who joined Barça in 1989 and scored a total of 102 goals from 345 appearances, turned 50 years old today. He shared the dressing room with other Barça greats like Hristo Stoichkov, José Mari Bakero, Tixki Begiristain, Michael Laudrup, Josep Guardiola, and Andoni Zubizarreta, among others. In addition to the European Cup, he also won four Liga titles, one Copa del Rey, one Spanish Super Cup, and one European Super Cup with FC Barcelona.

Happy birthday, Ronald!

Highlights from the European Cup final against Sampdoria:

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