Sports legends bid their own goodbye to Juan Carlos Navarro

2018-09-25T22:38:05+00:00 2018-09-26T01:00:41+00:00.


25/Sep/18 22:38

Juan Carlos Navarro leaves a great legacy behind, one that Barcelona honored once again with more festivities, that included big sports names.

By Antigoni Zachari /

Sports legends gathered once again in honor of legendary Juan Carlos Navarro whose retirement was announced a few weeks prior.

Not only basketball legends like Pau Gasol, Ricky Rubio and retired Barcelona former captain Roger Grimau shared their admiration for “La Bomba”, but football icon Ronaldinho was present in Tuesday’s celebrations, confirming Navarro’s feedback on the sports community altogether!

Another football great gave a speech for “La Bomba”. From a captain to a captain, legendary Carles Puyol was there to honor the fellow long-term Barcelona captain (just in a different sport!).

The surprise of the night? NBA back-to-back champion Stephen Curry also bid his own goodbye to Navarro, mentioning how the latter made him want to copy his moves!

Many of Navarro’s ex-teammates from Barcelona and from the Spanish national team attended the gala and also his last head coach, Svetislav Pesic, who was also on the bench when Navarro and Barcelona lifted their first EuroLeague title together in 2003, was in attendance. So was Xavi Pascual, who headed the 2010 EuroLeague title team, the club’s second, after flying in from Greece where he is coaching Panathinaikos.

The president of FC Barcelona, Josep Maria Bartomeu, announced that, in addition to his number 11 being retired in the near future, a statue of Navarro is being commissioned and will be placed outside of Palau Blaugrana.

Watch the full ceremony.

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