Luis Enrique, with his first touches of a ball as a Barça player/ PHOTO: ARXIU FCB

This July 23rd is 18 years since the presentation of Luis Enrique Martinez as a Barça first team player. Although his signing was completed on 27 May 1996, Luis Enrique’s official presentation was almost two months later, on July 23rd, on the same day as the forward, Juan Antonio Pizzi.

After both appeared in the press room, accompanied by President Josep Lluís Núñez, and Bobby Robson’s number 2, Jose Mourinho, Luis Enrique and Pizzi went onto the pitch at the Miniestadi ,to make their first contact with the ball as Barça players.

"I want to be useful to the Club which has trust in me, even though there is tough competition for places" he said. The former Sporting Gijon and Real Madrid player ended up wearing the Barça shirt for eight seasons, up until 2004.

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