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Champions No16

Published: Wednesday 5 April 2006, 2.27CET
A rundown of the top 50 strikers in Europe takes centre stage, and one of the most exciting talents around - FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi - speaks exclusively to Champions.
Champions No16
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Published: Wednesday 5 April 2006, 2.27CET

Champions No16

A rundown of the top 50 strikers in Europe takes centre stage, and one of the most exciting talents around - FC Barcelona forward Lionel Messi - speaks exclusively to Champions.

Thierry Henry, Andriy Shevchenko or Peter Løvenkrands - who is Europe's top striker? Issue No16 of the official UEFA Champions League magazine, Champions, names the continent's leading forwards with the Rangers FC hit man ranking high.

Top 50
Yet where the inaugural list of the 50 best strikers playing in Europe is concerned, it isn't just goals that count - shots, assists, consistency and nerve also enter the mix. The 26th-ranked Lionel Messi, Argentina's latest wunderkind, speaks exclusively to Champions about growing up at FC Barcelona, learning to ride tackles, and sitting at a Brazilian dinner table.

Striking talents
Another forward, Arsenal FC's Dutch international Robin van Persie, tells how he has traded dribbling for the one-touch game; Real Madrid CF's Raúl González assesses his best UEFA Champions League moments; and the legendary Gabriel Batistuta recalls his life in attack.

Big interviews
Also among the array of exclusive interviewees are Olympique Lyonnais chairman Jean-Michel Aulas - on handball, hairdressers, and the rise and rise of Lyon - and Rafael Benítez, expounding on life in the Liverpool FC dugout and ironing out his English.

Behind the scenes
In addition, Champions dips behind the scenes with a look at the issue of club ownership, while budding shot-stoppers will enjoy the feature on goalkeeping, with one of Europe's foremost practitioners, Petr Cěch, divulging his secrets. Issue No16 is out now.

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