Tributes to Tito Vilanova
Notable figures from across the world expressed their condolences on the death of former Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova on Friday.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu:
Tito Vilanova was a wonderful person, and will never be forgotten at FC Barcelona. Thank you for everything you taught us. Rest in peace— Josep Maria Bartomeu (@jmbartomeu) April 25, 2014
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta: "I have no words. You have been and are an example, I am proud to have formed part of your life. I will never forget you. I wish your family strength through this moment. Rest in peace coach. Kisses.
No tengo palabras. Has sido y serás un ejemplo, un orgullo formar parte de tu vida. Nunca te olvidaré... (1/2)— Andrés Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) April 25, 2014
... Mucha fuerza para tu familia! Descansa en paz míster. Un beso (2/2) pic.twitter.com/M1YI3TgozD— Andrés Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) April 25, 2014
Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas:
Gràcies Tito... https://t.co/kci7Zkbcqp— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) April 25, 2014
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi:
Atletico Madrid striker David Villa: "My deepest sympathy to Tito Vilanova's family and friends. He has been an example to us all with his fight. We will never forget him. Rest in peace."
Mi más sentido pésame a los familiares y amigos de Tito Vilanova. Ha sido siempre un ejemplo con su lucha. Nunca te olvidaremos. DEP— David Villa (@Guaje7Villa) April 25, 2014
Barcelona forward Cristian Tello: "Horrible cancer. You have taken the life of one of the greats. But you will never be able to take the great memories I have of him. #TitoEternal"
Maldita enfermedad. Te has llevado la vida de un grande. Pero nunca podrás llevarte el gran recuerdo que tengo de él… http://t.co/QhtwUv03E8— cristian tello (@ctello91) April 25, 2014
Barcelona forward Pedro Rodriguez: "We will never forget you! Thanks for having been part of my life and for being such a grand person."
Nunca te olvidaré!! Gracias por haber formado parte de mi vida y por tu grandísima persona. #DEPTitoVilanova— Pedro Rodríguez (@_Pedro17_) April 25, 2014
Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes: "Tito Vilanova, one of the best managers I have had in my career. Thanks for everything you have given. Hugs to all of the family and my support and wishes for strength."
Tito Vilanova, uno de los mejores entrenadores que he podido tener en mi carrera. Gràcies per tot el que ens has donat! DEP. (1/2)— Victor Valdes (@1victorvaldes) April 25, 2014
Un fuerte abrazo a toda su familia, todo mi apoyo y mucho ánimo. (2/2) pic.twitter.com/Xn59cZqCFN— Victor Valdes (@1victorvaldes) April 25, 2014
Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu, on loan from Barcelona: "Rest in peace Tito Vilanova! Lots of strength to his family. Rest in peace."
Descansa en pau Tito Vilanova! Molts ánims a la familia. Per sempre.— Gerard Deulofeu (@gerardeulofeu) April 25, 2014
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho:
Jose Mourinho: '....On behalf of everybody at Chelsea Football Club I send my deepest condolences at this most difficult time.' #CFC— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) April 25, 2014
Bayern Munich: "FC Bayern mourns Tito Villanova. With dismay and deep morning FC Bayern has gained knowledge of his death."
FC Bayern trauert um Tito Vilanova Mit Bestürzung & tiefer Trauer hat der FC Bayern München von seinem Tod erfahren: http://t.co/Mvg22NA251— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) April 26, 2014
Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos:
Lots of support to all of Tito's family and friends. An example of fighting and strength for all of us. RIP— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) April 25, 2014
Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta:
Hard to take in some news. Tito Vilanova has left us. RIP. My condolences to the family— César Azpilicueta (@CesarAzpi) April 25, 2014
Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea:
A very sad day, Tito Vilanova has left us but his fighting remains as an example. RIP great hug to all his family— David De Gea (@D_DeGea) April 25, 2014
Manchester United forward Juan Mata:
DEP Tito Vilanova.— Juan Mata García (@juanmata8) April 25, 2014
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero:
My heart is heavy after learning of the passing of Tito Vilanova. My thoughts go to his family RIP— Sergio Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) April 25, 2014
Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale:
R.I.P Tito Vilanova. My thoughts are with his family!— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) April 25, 2014
Chelsea winger Andre Schuerrle:
R.I.P. Tito Vilanova. My thoughts are with his family and friends— André Schürrle (@Andre_Schuerrle) April 25, 2014
Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder:
Former England and Barcelona striker, BBC presenter Gary Lineker:
Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Tito Vilanova. So talented, so admired, so young. #RIPTito— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 25, 2014
Former England striker Michael Owen:
Sad to hear that Tito Vilanova of @FCBarcelona has passed away at such a young age....— michael owen (@themichaelowen) April 25, 2014
Juventus manager Antonio Conte:
Antonio Conte: I’m saddened by the death of Tito Vilanova, a great example of a fighter both in life and on the pitch. We will miss him.— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) April 25, 2014
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere:
R.I.P Tito Vilanova......Sad day for football! Thoughts with his family!— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) April 25, 2014
Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman:
R.I.P Tito Vilanova, he past away way to early. Incredible sad news pic.twitter.com/5x3OkqLsL5— Kevin Strootman (@Kevin_strootman) April 25, 2014
Former U.S. international Mia Hamm:
So sad to hear of Barcelona's Tito Vilanova's passing. Prayers to the entire Barca family.— Mia Hamm (@MiaHamm) April 25, 2014