Joseph Jackson celebrated his 86th birthday this Saturday morning by exploring FC Barcelona’s past and present in the club museum
“I like football. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday than being with football people, with the great players” he said
Joseph Walter Jackson, father of the late Michael Jackson and creator of the Jackson Five was at the club this Saturday morning to enjoy the Camp Nou Experience along with Simon Sahouri, president of the Michael Jackson Foundation, and other guests.
He arrived at the Camp Nou at 10.30 am, and spent the next two hours enjoying the tour and museum, thus getting to learn more about FC Barcelona’s 115 year history. He posed for pictures with the club’s four European Cups, the four Ballon d’Or trophies recently won by Leo Messi, and other articles, as well as getting to walk on the Camp Nou turf.
Michael Jackson himself once performed in the same venue, on August 9, 1988 as part of the Bad World Tour and watched by 110,000 people. His father said today that “this is my first visit. I was excited about coming to this big stadium. It’s so, so big. I liked everything I saw” he told Barça TV and fcbarcelona.com. “I like football. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday than being with football people, with the great players”.
“At FC Barcelona, the players go to school and learn to be good players. Other clubs don’t so that. These players remind me of my boys in the Jackson Five. When they were onstage and working together, they put on a good show. And it’s the same with these players, when they all work together you can’t beat them.”
He added that “when I saw Neymar get hurt on TV, I said ‘he’s really hurt’. But I’m so glad that he’s getting better. That’s what I hear, he’s getting better.”
After being led out onto the pitch, Mr Jackson took a selfie as part of the photo competition being held at the moment, whereby fans can post their pictures on Instagram using the hashtag #campnouexperience.
Joseph Walter Jackson, who is 86 today, was also able to spend some time in the Camp Nou Lounge, where visitors up until the end of August can enjoy top quality cuisine while taking in the spectacular views from the first tier of the grandstand.
There was plenty of excitement among the tourists on the Camp Nou Experience when they discovered that they were being joined by such a very special guest.
The club expressed its gratitude for Mr Jackson’s visit by presenting him with a shirt with his surname printed on the back and invited him to come and watch the first team playing in an official home fixture.