On the verge of tears: Lionel Messi’s deep emotion after reliving his last conversation with Tito Vilanova

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The emotional memory of Messi from Tito Vilanova

It was a sudden memory that choked him. He made a scratchy sound out of his sentence. Lionel Messi seemed to be standing there again and Tito vilanova In front of him. He forced himself not to cry. He avoided doing it in front of the cameras, but the emotion remained there on the surface. Forever captured in one of the fragments of the documentary that remembers the coach

The purest Messi could be seen in one of the scenes that were known in the last hours of “100×100 Tito”, the documentary that Barcelona will premiere on next friday january 15 with the aim of claiming the legacy left by the coach who died in 2014 when he was 45 years old.

The flea he is one of the main protagonists of that production. The club shared on its social networks just 16 seconds after Messi’s declaration, who is excited to relive the last meeting he had with Tito and is on the verge of tears. “I had a lot of conversations, but we always talked about football and what happened in games. Or what could happen in the games that were coming “, starts his memory.

“But the most special was the last one because it was like a farewell too …”, concludes the fragment in which the captain is left with reddish eyes and his voice choked with tears.

Tito Vilanova was key to achieving Messi’s continuity in Barcelona (Photo: NA)

That last time, the farewell, was not one more. Some time ago it was known what happened in the privacy that the figure and the coach shared. Jordi Roura, second coach with Tito Vilanova in the 2012-2013 season, told in an interview how the DT did to convince Leo to continue in the Blaugrana. The Argentine had firm his idea of ​​leaving the club, but something made him change his mind.

It was a stage in which Tito was in some delicate moments, and it is true that at that time Leo was not clear about his continuity. It is true that this meeting occurred. I was not there, they were talking for many hours and it is also true that I do not know what was said, and What is certain is that Messi changed his approach and, fortunately for Barcelona fans, decided to continue here “, he detailed in a note with the program No Concessions of Radio Canal Barcelona.

Roura recalled that the dialogue took place six days before Vilanova’s death, who was battling cancer of the parotid gland. Finally, Tito died on April 25, 2014 and Messi would renew his contract on May 19 of that same year, a few weeks after that fundamental conclave.

“It was hard, it was very hard”, it is seen that Messi comments on the death of his coach and friend in another of the scenes that Barcelona shared as a preview of the new documentary, where you can also see the participation of Xavi, Andrés Iniesta, Cesc Fábregas, Sergio Busquets, Carles Puyol, Pedro, Gerard Piqué and Thierry Henry.


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