The Barcelona coach, who also served as manager of the club and the Spanish national team, will be crowned as the first European champions in the history of the competition on Friday night.

He will be assisted by Barcelona’s Spanish captain and former Arsenal and Italy captain, Gerard Pique.

In his first season at Barça, Perez won the La Liga title and the Copa del Rey, and then took the club to the Champions League final, where they were beaten 2-1 by Bayern Munich.

The Barcelona manager has won five La Liga titles and three league titles. 

Perez, who will be 74 in September, has been instrumental in bringing Barça back to the top of the European table.

His team finished the season in the top half of the table, and the Catalan club’s second-placed finish last season was their first since 2004.

“I’m so honoured to be the Champions,” Perez said.

“The club has been a symbol of my life.

I’ve been involved in this sport for almost 30 years.

I am so proud to be part of the history.”

Barcelona is a symbol for all of Spain, which is the greatest gift we can give.

I’m happy to be here and to be able to work with the club, with my players and with my supporters.

“Perezzo has a total of 38 trophies to his name at Barca, including five Champions League titles, four Copa Del Rey titles and the Coppa Italia trophy, which was awarded in 2013 to the club.

The Catalan club will also be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.