"We are not going to give up, there are many more of us who want to live in a world in peace, without hate and where respect and tolerance are the basis of coexistence," added the Argentine who arrived in the Catalan capital as a teenager 14 years ago. Real Madrid's Portuguese captain Ronaldo took to social media to express his shock at the attack which also left more than 50 injured. "Dismayed at the news coming from Barcelona. All the support and solidarity (to) the family and friends of the victims,” he wrote on Twitter.
Quiero mandar mis condolencias y todo mi apoyo a las familias y amigos de las víctimas del terrible atentado en nuestra amada Barcelona, además de rechazar totalmente cualquier acto de violencia. No nos vamos a rendir, somos muchos más los que queremos vivir en un mundo en paz, sin odio y donde el respeto y la tolerancia sean las bases de la convivencia.
Consternado com as notícias que chegam de Barcelona. Todo o apoio e solidariedade a família e amigos das vítimas. — Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) August 17, 2017Like Ronaldo and Messi, other athletes took to social network in an outpouring of solidarity with the Catalan capital. "All my support for the families affected and the city," Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal wrote on Twitter, while his great friend, basketball player Pau Gasol, declared himself "devastated by what happened on the Ramblas in Barcelona. All my support for the victims, wounded and relatives in these difficult times."
All football clubs in the Spanish first and second divisions will observe a minute's silence in memory of the victims when the new La Liga season starts on Friday. "All clubs will pay homage to the victims and their families after the tragedy in Barcelona," Spanish league officials said in a statement. Spanish three-time world motorcycling champion Marc Marquez, also a Catalonia native, accompanied his message with an image of a circle formed with the motto "I love Barcelona" surrounding that same expression in Catalan with a big heart.
Destrozado por lo que ha ocurrido en Barcelona! Todo mi apoyo a las familias afectadas y a la ciudad.— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) August 17, 2017
Commocionat pel que ha passat a Barcelona. Impotència màxima... ?? Conmocionado por lo sucedido en Barcelona! Impotencia máxima... pic.twitter.com/5uYezMnX1J — Marc Márquez (@marcmarquez93) August 17, 2017From Portugal, Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas wrote: "What sadness, all my solidarity with the victims and their families. A lot of strength Barcelona."
And from Paris, a city that has also suffered similar terror outrages, Paris Saint-Germain's Spanish coach Unai Emery was "very saddened by the news coming from Barcelona, unfortunately one more black day. All my support for the victims and their families "
Que tristeza. Toda mi solidaridad con las víctimas y sus familias. Mucha fuerza Barcelona— Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) August 17, 2017
Muy triste por las noticias que llegan de #Barcelona, por desgracia un día negro más. Todo mi apoyo a las víctimas y a sus familias. — Unai Emery (@UnaiEmery_) August 17, 2017"No to terrorism. No to the dictatorship of fear. Stop terrorism," wrote Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos on Twitter, with the image of a broken heart.
FC Barcelona took to Twitter: "Deeply saddened by the attack on our city. All our thoughts are with the victims, their families and with the people of Barcelona." Barcelona also said their players would wear black armbands in their home game against Real Betis on Sunday.
Barcelona. ? No al terrorismo. No a la dictadura del miedo.#StopTerrorism— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) August 17, 2017
#TotsSomBarcelona Our thoughts are with the victims of the Barcelona attack? https://t.co/wi7yiUH5qK — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 17, 2017Real Madrid issued an official statement expressing "its deepest sorrow regarding the attack which has taken place in the city of Barcelona and the club stands together with the victims, their families and their friends.