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Thiago: 'On a personal level, my challenge for 2012 is to continue progressing and to keep on learning from my teammates. On a collective level, we want to continue along the same lines that we’ve set for ourselves in recent times, which have been fabulous'

Thiago: 'On a personal level, my challenge for 2012 is to continue progressing and to keep on learning from my teammates. On a collective level, we want to continue along the same lines that we’ve set for ourselves in recent times, which have been fabulous'

Thiago: 'It has been a gratifying year, on a personal and familiar level. In my wildest dreams I could not have imagined finishing the year like this'

Thiago: 'Winning another treble would be a difficult feat, but I think it's possible'

Thiago: 'The whole world believes that Leo Messi is the favourite for the FIFA Ballon d’Or gala on January 9th. He’s number one in this sport and after the year he’s put in, I believe that he deserves it. He doesn’t stop surprising us. He’s able to do just about anything with the ball. His qualities are unique, it’s a pleasure to play alongside him'

Thiago, on the Christmas break: 'It’s always difficult to get over the turrón (traditional Iberian holiday treat), but I believe that we’ve all returned without any problems and in perfect physical condition'

Xavi, speaking in October 2011: 'Playing with Thiago is a privilege. He's so talented than he can play wherever he wants. Today, Guardiola placed him as central midfielder. He understands the game well, generates superiority when he dribbles and performs well defensively. The guy is extraordinary'

- The explosion of Thiago into Guardiola's first team was one of the best Barça news of 2011. Many people doubted the Samba Boy would enjoy any playing time after Cesc Fabregas' arrival. They were all wrong: An increased number of midfielders in our squad has meant more creative possibilities, more passing combinations, causing an improved whole-team performance.

As for Thiago himself, it's obvious the sky is the limit. Having Guardiola's confidence will enable him to be football's next superstar for years to come.

THIAGO 'SAMBA' ALCANTARA: NOT A PROMISING YOUNGSTER ANYMORE, HE IS THE PRESENT OF FC BARCELONA'S MIDFIELD!!!