Gerard Pique, the last farewell of the historic generation of 87 from ‘La Masia


The departure of Gerard Pique from Barcelona marks the final farewell of the historic generation of ’87, which included Cesc Fàbregas and Leo Messi.

How many were at the youth level, that team entered history as they won all the championships they played without losing a single game.

Three of those players excelled and continued in the first team.

Pique was still with them, as the last representative of that golden generation.

Let’s remember those players and their careers, since that generation of Barcelona is seen as unattainable.

Dani Plancheria (Goalkeeper)

Retired from football since 2014. After leaving Barça, he played with the second team of Blackburn Rovers and from there he returned to Spain: L’Hospitalet, CD Montcada, UE Rubí and FC Santboia.


Jose Manuel Hinojosa (Defender)

He shared a room with Cesc Fabregas. He made a career in the Third Category of Spanish football with clubs such as: Gava, Peralada, Figueres, Barceloneta, Martinenc…

Gerard Pique (Center Back)

One of the three greatest exponents of the generation. With his departure, the history of that great team in Barcelona ends. He has won everything at club and national level. He went through Manchester United, where he met Alex Ferguson and Cristiano Ronaldo, to Real Zaragoza for a time and then returned to Barcelona with Pepe Guardiola in the bench. Member of the best Barcelona in history.


Marc Valiente (Center Back)

He played two Copa del Rey matches with the first team, under Frank Rijkaard as coach, against Badalona and Alcoyano. He played 60 matches in La Liga with clubs such as Sevilla and Valladolid, and has accumulated 176 matches in La Liga 2 with clubs such as: Sevilla, Atletico, Valladolid and Sporting. His contract ended last summer where he went to India (FC Goa). He has also played outside Spanish football for Maccabi Haifa, KAS Eupen and Partizan. In short, he has made a good career as a professional footballer, which is no small feat.


Roger Giribet (Defender)

From Barcelona C went to Terrassa. Later, Balaguer, Ascó and Artesa. He played 27 matches in La Liga 2. He joined Barcelona on the same day as Messi.

CESC FÁBREGAS (Midfielder)

One of the best midfielders of his generation. An idol at Arsenal, he returned to Barcelona to fulfill his dream, although he had to leave because Xavi and Iniesta did not slow down. He went to Chelsea and then to Monaco. He now plays for Como, in the Italian second division. Vital footballer in the Spanish team champion of everything.


Julio De Dios Moreno (Midfielder)

A regular in La Liga 2 since leaving the Barcelona academy: Terrassa, Tenerife B, San Roque de Lepe, Ceuta, Alcoyano, UCAM Murcia, Jumilla, Mérida, Ejea and Villarrubia and Real Jaén. Without a team since last July 1.

Franck Songo’o (Forward)

He failed to play for the Barcelona first team, but he made his debut in La Liga with Zaragoza where he played five games and in the Premier League where he played three games with Portsmouth in the English top division.

He played with clubs such as: Bournemouth, Preston, Crystal Palace, Sheffield, Real Sociedad, Albacete before leaving for MLS (Portland).


After a period in Greek football (AO Glyfadas and PAS Giannina) he retired in 2014.

Pitu Plazuelo (Forward)

Like many of his teammates, when he left the Barcelona affiliate, he began a journey through the teams of La Liga 2, but also in the third level: Mallorca B, Sant Andreu, Vilanova, Martinenc, Cerdanyola, Vilassar de Mar, where he continues to be active.

Juanjo Clausí (Forward)

The number of teams after leaving Barcelona’s lower categories is very wide: Catarroja, Benidorm, Illescas, Villanovense, Portugalete, CD Móstoles, Talavera, Alzira, Atlético Saguntino, Castellón, Castellonense, CD Acero, Paterna, Olímpic Xátiva and Recom . They say he took Messi’s fouls.


Leo Messi (Attack)

It is not necessary to explain what Messi means in the history of Barca: their best player, seven “Golden Balls”, four Champions Leagues, 10 La Liga, six Golden Shoes, eight ‘Pichichi’.

Leo now plays for PSG, where he arrived on a free transfer after being unable to renew with Barcelona due to the club’s deep economic crisis.