- Emotional Barcelona fans took time to pay a tribute to Lionel Messi as they kicked off a new era without their starman with a 4-2 win over Real Sociedad
- Fans at Camp Nou gave a rousing applause for the legend in the 10th minute of the match, with the number in tribute to Messi’s jersey no.
- They raised shirts of their former captain, clapping and chanting his name, while others raised banners thanking the superstar
Barcelona began their post-Lionel Messi era with an impressive 4-2 victory over Real Sociedad to kick-start their 2021-22 La Liga season on a winning note.
After being away for more than 17 months due to the impact of the pandemic, Barcelona fans were allowed into the Camp Nou, with only 20,384 granted access.
Those in attendance took time to pay an emotional tribute to Messi in the 10th minute of the encounter as they made their feelings known following the departure of the club icon.
Many of them raised Messi shirts and chanted his name, while there were several other banners expressing gratitude to the club legend.
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However, Joan Laporta and his predecessor Josep Maria Bartomeu were blasted for overseeing this historic exit as fans condemn the pair.
“Barca yes, Laporta no” and “Laporta, slave of the enemy” were among the messages on those banners.
Just before kick-off of the game vs Sociedad, players’ names were read out and Gerard Pique received tremendous applause from the stands having agreed to a pay cut to allow the club to register Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia.
Daily Post reports that the Catalan giants began their quest to reclaim the La Liga title by defeating Real Sociedad 4-2, with Pique opening the scoring in the 19th minute as he headed home Memphis Depay’s free-kick.
Martin Braithwaite, who was impressive in the encounter grabbed a brace in either side of the halves.
The visitors pulled one back in the 82nd minute when Julen Lobete scored, with Mikel Oyarzabal scoring three minutes later to cut Barca’s lead to one.
Sergio Roberto, however, scored at the death to ensure the Catalan giants secured a comfortable win at home.
Source: Tuko Newspaper