In terms of accolades, they don't come much greater than being named in Pele's FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players. As well as being commended by the Brazilian icon, Hristo Stoichkov is also generally considered to be his country's greatest footballer of all-time, after becoming the first Bulgarian to win the Ballon d'Or in 1994.
It was the spring of 1992 and the war had just started in Bosnia and Herzegovina when a young Spanish photographer with no prior war reporting experience landed in Sarajevo to take the pulse of the conflict in the city.
His name was Jordi Pujol Puente, he was 24 years old and he worked as a stringer for the Associated Press news agency and Avui, a young Barcelona newspaper.
Millions of people in France and Spain were set to embrace a relaxation of stay-at-home rules on May 11, but Britain extended its lockdown as countries plot their way tentatively through the coronavirus crisis.
Fears of a second wave of the pandemic, which has killed more than 280,000 people worldwide and wrecked the global economy, stalked much of Europe and the world.
Barcelona opened its beaches today, closed since the beginning of the isolation imposed in mid-March. However people can visit them only if they play sports and between 6 and 10 o'clock, AFP reported.
So at sunrise, with temperatures approaching 20 degrees Celsius, dozens of Barcelona residents found themselves on the beach swimming, running, surfing or diving.