"For most fans of soccer (or as many would call it, football) around the globe, Barcelona is synonymous with @fcbarcelona. But in Ecuador, Barcelona is more commonly associated with a club founded in #Guayaquil, the country's largest city. How the immensely popular Barcelona Sporting Club performs on the field resonates in Ecuador much in the same way that the achievements and occasional failures of @leomessi and his teammates touch all of Spain. The clubs have played each other 3 times, though not since 1988. Each team's record includes a victory and a draw. But as @fcbarcelona has emerged as one of the most successful clubs in the world, @barcelonasc has struggled, both financially and on the field. @bearguerra photographed @barcelonasc's Tito Valencia with a young fan. Follow @nytimessports to see more photos. #⚽" By nytimes on Instagram.
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