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Jordi Alba talks Xavi, Messi, Busquets, Enrique, Tito at Barcelona farewell

Jordi Alba

The 2022/23 football season is coming to an end, which means we’re about to enter a period of enormous upheaval. Of course, the summer transfer window.

However, there are a few – very emotional – matters to attend to first. These events, particularly in Barcelona, began with Sergio Busquets’ departure. After 15 years with the senior team and even longer as a member of the institution, the great midfielder is departing the club.

Following his emotional ceremony, Barça hosted Alba’s farewell, during which he became emotional while addressing the fans, his present and former colleagues, and the club itself.

“Hello everyone. It’s a special day for me, thanks for being here. You gave me the most beautiful moments of my career. Thanks to the socios, fans, and everyone,” he started.

Before anyone else, he mentioned Tito Vilanova, the guy who re-signed him for Barcelona in 2012.“I want to pay tribute to Tito Vilanova today.”

“I remember very fondly my beginnings, at La Masía. I will always remember with pride being chosen to lay the first stone at the Ciutat Esportiva,” Alba added.

Alba also paid respects to his grandfather, tearily saying, “I want to thank my grandfather. I miss him very much. I’ll never get over the fact that he didn’t see me make it to the Barça first team… I did it, grandfather.”

It wasn’t all sentimentality throughout the event, though, as Alba cracked a few jokes, beginning with Lewandowski.“All the players run a lot, except Lewandowski…”

Alba and Luis Enrique reportedly did not get along during their time together in Barcelona. Lucho did, however, call him up for the 2022 World Cup squad, and Alba was certain to think of him at the time.

“I want to thank Luis Enrique for trusting me for the World Cup, even though I wasn’t playing many minutes.”

One of the reporters recalled Alba’s contentious encounter with Jules Kounde last season, in which the Sevilla defender threw the ball in the former’s face, resulting in a red card.

“My incident with Koundé before his arrival at the club? I have forgiven him [laughs].”

Alba made it a point to mention Lionel Messi, with whom he had a fantastic relationship from 2017 to 2021.

“My connection with Messi? I was always looking to pass the ball to him because I knew he was going to score goals. I didn’t care if he had a lot of defenders around him. I knew he was going to score.”

“Busquets is a bigger legend than me. He won more titles than me. I only beat him in goals scored,” Alba also said about Busi, who is leaving the club at the same time.

The occasion came to a close when Alba mentioned Xavi, who had been his teammate for three years before becoming his coach for more than a season.

“With Xavi, as a coach, I think I’ll miss him too. And I’ve never been angry with him for my role, he’s always treated me great.”