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The most-capped Spanish goalkeeper of all time felt that the Champions League winners did his country's football justice as they put on a superb display against Manchester United

Barcelona's sporting director and former goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta felt that the Catalan side proved excellent ambassadors for Spanish football after their stunning 3-1 win in the Champions League final against Manchester United.

"It is a mixture of joy at getting the job done and a tribute to football. Spain has been represented superbly," he was quoted as saying by AS.


The most-capped Spanish goalkeeper of all-time touched on the team's decision to allow Eric Abidal to lift the trophy. The French defender recovered from a life-threatening tumour in his liver to play the full 90 minutes at left-back.

"This is a team that is guided by values and the relationship between people. The decision (to allow Abidal to lift the trophy) has come from within the team because they know just how much he has suffered."

Zubizarreta, perhaps unfortunately remembered for his error against Nigeria in the 1998 World Cup, also praised Lionel Messi, who scored Barcelona's second goal in the final.

"He has great quality. But you also need the other players like we have."

Messi's goal in the final was his 12th Champions League strike this season, equalling the record set by Ruud van Nistelrooy for Manchester United in the 2002-03 campaign.

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