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Xavi broke down in tears as Barcelona fans said farewell at the Camp Nou

The 35 year-old is leaving the club at the end of the season after seventeen years in the first-team.

Image: Manu Fernandez/AP/Press Association Images

AFTER 24 YEARS at the club, today was Xavi’s final league appearance for Barcelona and he got the royal treatment from fans.

Facing Deportivo la Coruna at the Camp Nou, the midfielder shared a special moment with supporters before the game kicked-off.

As he walked out from the tunnel, ahead of his team-mates,  he caught a glimpse of the huge banner that covered a large section of the ground and his reaction was priceless.

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It was an incredible atmosphere inside the iconic stadium as Barca fans gave the 35 year-old a momentous send-off.

With 85 minutes gone, Xavi was replaced and received a rapturous reception. Clearly emotional, he struggled to hold back the tears once he took his place on the bench.

The game finished 2-2, with Lionel Messi scoring a brace for the hosts.

Xavi, who made his debut with the Catalan club in 1998, has tasted some incredible highs over the subsequent seventeen years, winning eight La Liga titles, three Champions Leagues and two Copa del Reys.

Earlier this week, he confirmed he would leave Barcelona at the end of the current campaign and join Qatari side Al-Sadd this summer.

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