Football world mourns Vilanova

The world of football has begun mourning the loss of former Barcelona Coach Tito Vilanova, who passed away this afternoon.

His family announced the news after the 45-year-old lost his two and a half year long battle with gland cancer and tributes via Twitter and other social media have begun to flood in.

Valencia: We wish to give our condolences to the friends, family and relatives of Tito Vilanova. Rest in peace.

Celta Vigo: Celta Vigo regrets the sad loss of Tito Vilanova and sends all its support to his family and friends. Rest in peace

Granada: Granada is sad to hear of the death of former Barcelona Coach Tito Vilanova. Our sincere condolences to his family.

West Brom Coach Pepe Mel: Goodbye to a great professional and a good friend. Rest in peace

Atletico Madrid: Our condolences to the family and friends of Tito Vilanova. Please accept the deepest sympathies for the Atletico family. RIP.

Barcelona’s Gerard Deulofeu, on loan at Everton: Rest in peace Tito Vilanova. Condolences to the family. Forever.

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez: Rest in peace Tito. All my support and strength to his family and friends.

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes: Tito Vilanova, one of the best Coaches I have had in my career. Thanks for everything you have done. A strong hug to all his family and I give them all my love and support. Rest in peace.

Juventus: Juventus Football Club wishes to express its heartfelt condolences to the Vilanova family and Barcelona following today’s sad news.

Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas: A very sad day for the world of football. RIP Tito Vilanova, an example of strength and courage to everyone.

Liverpool: Following the sad news of the passing of Tito Vilanova today, the thoughts of everyone at LFC are with his family, friends and Barcelona.

Manchester United: MUFC is saddened to hear that Tito Vilanova has passed away. We extend sincere condolences to his family and our friends at Barcelona.

Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa: Thank you for every moment, for every minute, for every second that you gave us and taught us about football.

Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas: Tito, thanks for everything you gave to football and to Barca. We are eternally grateful.

Atletico’s David Villa, formerly of Barca: My most heartfelt condolences to the family of Tito Vilanova. He has been an example of how to fight. We’ll never forget you.

Former Barca President Joan Laporta: My most heartfelt condolences to Montse, Carlota and Adria. Rest in peace dear Tito. Kiss.

Tennis player Rafa Nadal: Compared to this, nothing is important. A hug to all his family.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi: A difficult person to forget. We will always remember you. All my love to Tito’s family.

Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta: I have no words. You have been and will be an example. I’m proud to have been part of your life. I will never forget you. Sending lots of strength to your family. Rest in peace boss. A kiss.

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