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PHOTOS: Cheers and tears as champions Barca give Xavi emotional send-off

By Rediff Sports Desk
Last updated on: May 24, 2015 19:53 IST
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It was a night of mixed emotions at the Camp Nou on Saturday as FC Barcelona’s veteran midfielder and captain, Xavi, known for his slick short passes, played his final La Liga match against Deportivo la Coruna.

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The 35-year-old bid a tearful adieu to the home fans, moments after lifting the La Liga trophy.

Xavi did a lap of the stadium as he greeted supporters in the final. The team, along with their families, gathered for a photo-op with the trophy.

Rediff.com gives you a glimpse into the revelry, even as Barca said their final goodbyes to one of their legendary players.

FC Barcelona's Xavi Hernandez kisses his wife Nuria Cunillera after the La Liga match against RC Deportivo La Coruna at Camp Nou in Barcelona on Saturday

FC Barcelona's Xavi Hernandez kisses his wife Nuria Cunillera after the La Liga match against RC Deportivo La Coruna at Camp Nou in Barcelona on Saturday. Photograph: Alex Caparros/Getty Images

FC Barcelona fans display a huge banner tribute to Xavi Hernanez

FC Barcelona fans display a huge banner tribute to Xavi Hernanez. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Lionel Messi, son Thiago and girlfriend Antonella pose with the La Liga trophy

Lionel Messi, son Thiago and girlfriend Antonella pose with the La Liga trophy. Photograph: Leo Messi/Facebook

FC Barcelona players and their families celebrate with the La Liga trophy

FC Barcelona players and their families celebrate with the La Liga trophy. Photograph: Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Xavi Hernandez knowledges fans at the end of the match

Xavi Hernandez knowledges fans at the end of the match. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona's captain Xavi Hernandez cries during his tribute at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on Saturday

Barcelona's captain Xavi Hernandez cries during his tribute at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on Saturday. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Barcelona's captain Xavi Hernandez is tossed by his teammates in his farewell celebration

Barcelona's captain Xavi Hernandez is tossed by his teammates in his farewell celebrations. Albert Gea/Reuters

Barcelona's captain Xavi Hernandez waves to the crowd as he leaves the pitch with his wife Nuria Cunillera.

Barcelona's captain Xavi Hernandez waves to the crowd as he leaves the pitch with his wife Nuria Cunillera. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Barcelona's Luis Suarez (left) holds his children Delfina and Benjamin while his wife Sofia Balbi takes a picture during celebrations

Barcelona's Luis Suarez (left) holds his children Delfina and Benjamin while his wife Sofia Balbi takes a picture during celebrations. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Barcelona's player Gerard Pique holds his son Sasha, followed by his older son Milan, during victory celebrations

Barcelona's player Gerard Pique holds his son Sasha, followed by his older son Milan, during victory celebrations. Albert Gea/Reuters
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