Players, Fans Pay Tribute to Late Barcelona Manager Tito Vilanova

Sean SwabyUK Staff WriterApril 27, 2014

Players stand for a minute of silence for former Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova before a La Liga soccer match between Villarreal and  Barcelona in Villarreal on Sunday, April 27, 2014. Vilanova, the coach who succeeded Pep Guardiola at Barcelona and won the Spanish league title in his only season in charge, died Friday following a long battle with throat cancer. He was 45.(AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
Alberto Saiz

Barcelona furiously came back to defeat Villarreal 3-2 on Sunday night. But while it was noteworthy that the Catalans won to keep their faint title hopes alive, the minds of the Barcelona family were oft elsewhere as the footballing world continued to mourn the passing of Tito Vilanova. 

Prior to the match, there was a minute of silence at El Madrigal. 

A minute of silence was held for the late Tito Vilanova before Barcelona's match with Villarreal at El Madrigal. #FCB pic.twitter.com/1eM72LtjYZ

— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) April 27, 2014

Lionel Messi paid tribute to Vilanova after scoring the eventual match-winning goal, and Javier Mascherano was overcome with emotions afterward. 

FOTO | Sergio Busquets y Leo Messi dedicándole el gol a Tito Vilanova pic.twitter.com/PAIViNIjla

— Sphera Channel (@SpheraChannel) April 27, 2014

Mascherano crying After the game @barcastuff pic.twitter.com/ViXGhgGJNy

— ADIL ✌ عادل (@Barzaboy) April 27, 2014

On Saturday, 52,999 people visited the memorial for Vilanova at the Camp Nou.