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Abidal and Pinto high five

Abidal and Pinto / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

José Manuel Pinto has certainly left his mark on the Club over the six and a half years he’s been here, with an excellent record of just 74 goals conceded in his 90 appearances. With his 48 Spanish Cup appearances, only Ramallets(60) has played more times in goal for Barça in the competition.

Below we look back on those six and a half seasons through 10 magic moments in Pinto’s career at the Camp Nou:

1) Replacement for Jorquera. Pinto arrived on loan from Celta in the winter transfer window of the 2007/08 season to replace Albert Jorquera, who had suffered a bad injury in Catalonia’s traditional Christmas international fixture.

 

2) Debut at the Riazor. On April 28, 2008, Pinto made his first team debut away to Deportivo, a game Barça lost 2-0.

3) Mallorca penalty save. Surely Pinto’s most important moment at the Club came in the second leg of the Cup semi-final against Mallorca in the 2008/09 season when he tricked the taker into shooting just where he wanted it, saved the penalty and ensured a place in the final.

4) Hard worker. Always aware of his role as back up in the squad, Pinto always showed humility, commitment and hard work in training

5) First title. Pinto won his first title at the Club when the team beat Bilbao 1-4  at Mestalla in the 2008/09 Cup final. The keeper played in every game of the successful Cup run.

6) 2010 Gamper against AC Milan. Pinto saved Pirlo’s cheeky penalty attempt  - something the Italian was famously more successful at in the 2012 Euros.

7) Champions League debut. Pinto made his Champions League debut at the Camp Nou against Copenhagen(2-0) on October 20, 2010, after Valdes had been taken ill.

8) The charitable side. Pinto has promoted ‘Ve a Por Tus Sueños’,  a charity project to help young musicians.

9) The last final. Pinto played his last final for Barça at Mestalla on April 16 this year, when Real Madrid won the Spanish Cup 2-1

10) The oldest ever player. The game against Atletico Madrid saw Pinto become Barça’s oldest ever league player at 38 years, six months and nine days.

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