Rafa Marquez officially leaves Barcelona PDF Print E-mail

2010-07-31_DESPEDIDA_RAFA_MARQUEZ_001.jpgRafa Márquez made his public farewells to the club this evening in the Sala Paris – a fitting location for the adieu of one of the heroes of the 2006 Champions League winning team.

Just after six o’clock this evening, Rafa Marquez, flanked by club President Sandro Rosell, made his appearance in the Sala Paris at the Nou Camp. The Mexican bid farewell to the club where over seven seasons he has become the eighth foreigner to make most appearances. Meeting with the President Márquez had previously been received by the President in his office and was accompanied in the Sala Paris by Josep Guardiola, club captain Carles Puyol and Andoni Zubizarreta, as well as Director of External Relations Manel Estiarte and the boss of the Football training area, Jordi Mestre, all of them keen to show their respect for the departing Mexican. 2010-07-31_DESPEDIDA_RAFA_MARQUEZ_003.jpgStanding ovation Rafa Márquez is not known for wearing his heart on his sleeve, but he was close to tears after his farewell speech when he received a long standing ovation from all present. Márquez also admitted that his most special memory at the club was the 2006 Champions League win in Paris and the huge mural celebrating that win on the wall of the Sala Paris proved a fitting backdrop to the farewell of a player who gave so much to the club.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 23 October 2010 08:45