Messi and Vilanova at the beginning of the 2012/13 season. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB.

Amongst the many tributes being paid to Tito Vilanova, Leo Messi’s message is one of the most heartfelt: “these are moments of great pain and sadness for the Vilanova family and for all Barça fans”.

 “All of us who have shared the FC Barcelona changing rooms with Tito Vilanova are deeply affected for all that he gave to us as a person and as a professional. I will always have inside of me the things I shared with him and the things we lived through together, which I can never forget. For me, you will always be remembered Tito”

Vilanova trained Messi as a thirteen year old and then with the first team as assistant to Pep Guardiola (2008/12) and then as first team coach (2012/13).

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