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FC Barcelona was well represented at the final farewell to the great Quini. | GERMAN PARGA-FCB

This Wednesday, FC Barcelona has joined in the final farewell to its former player from 1980 to 1984, Enrique Castro ‘Quini’ by attending the funeral service held at El Molinón, home of the other club that played such a central role in the life of the legendary striker, Sporting Gijón.

Directors Silvio Elías and Pau Vilanova, and former players Carles Rexach, José Ramon Alexanko, Tente Sánchez, Josep Maria Fusté and Luis Enrique were in attendance.

First team captain Andrés Iniesta honoured the player who passed away on Tuesday by saying that “he was a very close person, humble and beloved by everyone and that shows from the huge number of reactions to his loss.”

A man for whom, like Quini, Barça and Sporting are the dearest clubs in his heart, Luis Enrique commented that “we are all sad because he meant so much as a person and as a footballer of such quality. He represented the image of a footballer to perfection.”

The first team observed a minute’s silence in the great man’s memory prior to the final training session before the trip to Las Palmas.

Ernesto Valverde also had words to say about Quini is his pre-match press conference, calling him “a person who meant so much as a footballer and as a person.”

The Camp Nou will get the chance to pay its own respects this Sunday 4 March before the game against Atlético Madrid.

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