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Barcelona pay tribute at Tito Vilanova funeral

A host of Barcelona figures past and present pay tribute to former manager Tito Vilanova at his funeral.

Barcelona figures past and present paid tribute to Tito Vilanova at the former manager's funeral today.

The whole first-team squad was present at the ceremony of Vilanova, who passed away at the age of 45 on Friday following a battle with throat cancer.

A number of former presidents, including Joan Laporta and Sandro Rosell, were also at the funeral alongside board members and Vilanova's wife and two children.

"Today we say goodbye to a very loved person. I promise you, he will always have a place in our hearts and we will never forget him," said current club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Vilanova guided Barcelona to a record-equalling haul of points as they won La Liga in his only season in charge, while he also assisted Pep Guardiola during the most decorated period in the club's history.

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