Barca wears, auctions shirts with font designed by teen with Down syndrome

Posted by Chris Wright

David Ramos/Getty ImagesThe shirts worn by Lionel Messi and his Barca teammates Friday against Santos with fonts designed by Anna Vives are up for bid in a charity auction that began Saturday.

Excuse the technical terminology, but Barcelona absolutely bloody clobbered Santos on Friday night in the Joan Gamper Trophy friendly game arranged as part of Neymar's move to the Camp Nou. The Catalan side ran out as rampant 8-0 victors thanks to goals from Alexis Sanchez, Pedro, Lionel Messi, Adriano, Jean Marie Dongou, a couple from Cesc Fabregas and a rather splendidly finished own-goal from Santos left-back Leo.

There were some magical moments: Messi laughing at Gerard Pique for falling over in front of goal, Neymar providing a nonchalant assist for Fabregas at walking pace on his Camp Nou debut, etc. But the real winner on the night was always going to be charity.

The names and numbers on the back of Barca's shirts for the exhibition were rendered in a font designed by Anna Vives -- a Catalan-based graphic designer with Down syndrome.

Anna, who has designed a helmet for Spanish MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo in the past, offered to design the letters and numbers for Barca on a one-off basis, with the intent to auction the shirts on Ebay starting Saturday to help raise money for the FCB Foundation and Fundacio Itinerarium -- a Catalan charity that helps teens with learning difficulties get into sport.

Before the game, Anna told Globoesporte: "It will be the happiest day of my life. I am a supporter of Barcelona and my favorite player is Andres Iniesta. He is a very good person. I also really like Neymar. He is a good person and is always laughing. I like that."


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