Jordi Mestre and Josep Maria Bartomeu present a plaque to Seydou Keita / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

The 50th edition of the Joan Gamper produced a night of high emotions. The main attraction was the presentation of the 2015/16 squad, but there was also a touch of nostalgia as Seydou Keita returned to the Camp Nou in a Roma shirt, and wearing the captain’s armband as well.

The Malian showed the same composure on the field of play that had always exemplified his style during an amazingly successful four years in the Catalan capital. He joined the club from Sevilla, and under Pep Guardiola was one of the stars of the first treble and the many other trophies that followed, playing 188 official matches for Barça between 2008 and 2012 and scoring 22 goals. A player that oozes charisma, he won the hearts of the Camp Nou faithful, and Wednesday night provided the perfect opportunity for the fans to express their gratitude for everything he gave to the club in his time here.

With Totti on the bench, Keita started the game as captain. When his name was announced over the PA system, the stadium roared, and the same thing happened when he was substituted after 55 minutes, with the fans offering him a standing ovation in recognition of his outstanding commitment to the team’s colours. After the game, he was further honoured when president Josep Maria Bartomeu and vice-president Jordi Mestre presented him with a plaque as a memento of this very special evening and as the club’s way of thanking him for such wonderful memories.

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