Madrid Press: Football mourns loss of Tito Vilanova

Madrid Press: Football mourns loss of Tito Vilanova


Football takes a back seat today and it’s importance was put into stark reality after news emerged that former Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova had lost his battle with cancer at the age of 45.

Vilanova had been in hospital in Barcelona as his conditioned had worsened over recent days, and the club confirmed their ex-boss died yesterday afternoon. Immediately, messages of support came flooding in from across the world, and fans, managers and players alike were united in grief.

Many Real Madrid players took to social media to send their condolences. Club captain Iker Casillas lead the tributes and said: “A very say day for the world of football. Rest in Peace Tito, you are an example of strength and courage for everyone.”

Los Blancos president Florentino Perez also sent a message of support on behalf of the club. “I want to express my deep sorrow at the death of Tito Vilanova and express, on behalf of Real Madrid, our condolences, love and support to his family, to FC Barcelona and most especially his wife and children. Today is a day of great sadness for all football fans and recognition of his personal and professional career. ”

Elsewhere, Real Madrid take on Osasuna today in La Liga, with Carlo Ancelotti confirming leading scorer Cristiano Ronaldo will start alongside Alvaro Morata up front.