Support from around the globe as Vilanova resigns from Barcelona

Barcelona: Lionel Messi, Chelsea and Real Madrid are among the thousands to have issued messages of support to Tito Vilanova, after it was confirmed the 44-year-old has resigned as Barcelona coach due to ill health.

Barca president Sandro Rosell confirmed the news at a press conference on Friday evening, revealing that Vilanova was due to undergo further treatment to his throat cancer which would make it "impossible for him to continue as coach."

Former Barca stars Eric Abidal and David Villa also sent their best wishes via personal Twitter accounts, while Vilanova`s son retweeted the message: "Tito is not retiring. He will just concentrate on the most important game of his life."

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