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Xavi i Homare Sawa / FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Foto de família amb l'INAC Kobe, l'equip femení del Barça i el primer equip de futbol / FOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

The INAC Kobe Leonessa ladies are about to leave Barcelona. The Japanese league champions have seven World Cup winners in their squad, including the great Homare Sawa, and one of the last items on their itinerary was a visit to an FC Barcelona training session this morning at Sant Joan Despí.

The FC Barcelona ladies team, who they played last Thursday in the Miniestadi, were also there with them, and the two groups of women welcomed the Barça players onto pitch number 2 with an improvised guard of honour.

When Homare Sawa met Xavi

There were plenty of cameras flashing and autographs being signed, and 2011 Ballon d'Or winner Homare Sawa got the chance to meet her favourite player, Xavi Hernàndez, who she had described earlier this week as "a player I like a lot, he has great control of the ball and a brilliant final pass. He is very important for his team even though he is neither a big nor strong player. He's marvellous". Sawa gave a chocolate Ballon d'Or to the Catalan star, who returned the gesture by presenting her with a specially dedicated Barça shirt. It was a wonderful surprise for the best female player in the world, and one she will surely never forget.

The INAC Kobe Leonessa and FC Barcelona players then posed for a group picture with Guardiola's squad before watching the best team on the planet train.

Messi greets the players

Leo Messi, who didn't train on the field, still made a point of coming out to greet the INAC Kobe players at the end of his special workout in the gym. The Japanese ladies were able to have their picture taken with the star and present him with a gift.


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