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Lionel Messi pays tribute to Late Coach

Lionel Messi has paid a poignant tribute to his former coach Tito Vilanova on the solemn occasion of the 10th anniversary of his passing, commemorating the impact Vilanova had on his life and career through a heartfelt social media post.

Messi took to social media to share a touching homage to Vilanova, whom he revered not only as a coach but also as a cherished friend.

Accompanied by a poignant picture capturing a moment shared between them, Messi’s message resonated deeply: “10 years already, we won’t forget you Tito.”

Vilanova’s influence on Messi’s illustrious journey cannot be overstated. It was under Vilanova’s guidance that Barcelona clinched the La Liga title in the 2012-13 season, a campaign marked by the team’s remarkable achievement of setting a new league record with 100 points.

However, Vilanova’s tenure was tragically curtailed by a recurrence of gland cancer, leading to his untimely demise just a year later.

The bond shared between Messi and Vilanova transcended the realms of football, with the coach playing an instrumental role in key moments of Messi’s career.

Reports suggest that Vilanova’s unwavering support and encouragement played a pivotal role in persuading Messi to remain committed to Barcelona during periods of uncertainty.

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