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Lionel Messi, who plays for Barcelona football club and is one of the world's most revered players, sent his condolences to the families and friends of the victims, saying he totally rejected "any act of violence", while Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and other world stars also offered their sympathy.
"All my support to the victims and their families during these incredibly tough times".
On Thursday, at least 13 people were killed and over 100 were left injured as a van rammed into pedestrians at a tourist hub in Barcelona.More news: Android O is Coming August 21, Minutes After the Solar Eclipse
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Barcelona confirmed they will wear black armbands this weekend in tribute to the victims, while a minute's silence will also be held ahead of the club's opening match of the season with Real Betis at the Camp Nou on Sunday, as well as at matches across Spain.
"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 our thoughts are with the victims, their families and with the people of Barcelona".
Barcelona condemned the attack and expressed its "profound sorry and utter disgust" at Thursday's atrocity.
FC Barcelona issued a statement as well: "Deeply saddened by the attack on our city. All my support to the city and families!"