Galatasaray - Barça back in 2002
After Xavi Hernandez's departure, Luis Enrique's first name in the list was Arda Turan. The manager is in love with the midfielder for his talent, character and ability he showed at Atletico Madrid.
What both might not remember is that back in 2002, in a match between Barcelona and Galatasaray in the Champions League...
Luis Enrique started in Charly Rexach's XI and scored the only goal of the match (0-1 for Barcelona). Arda Turan was 15 years old and was Galatasaray's ball boy.
Despite there's no picture of both together, Arda Turan asked Barcelona's defender Christanval a pair of gloves when the match ended. These's gloves are still on Turan's family hourse, at Bayrampasa.
Arda has always showed big respect for players like Messi or Iniesta and he will be able to play in the same team as them next season.