Spanish giants, Barcelona began their first season without Argentina icon, Lionel Messi in 17 years in the best possible way as they beat Real Sociedad 4-2 at the Nou Camp to secure an important win on the night.
The Catalan fans however, were voracious in the support of their former talisman as a crowd of more than 20,000 payed tribute to the Argentine star and protested against the club for letting him leave.
The majority of the fans could be heard chanting Messi's name in the 10th minute, which is a reference to the No.10 jersey that the record six-time Ballon d'Or award winner famously wore for the club.
A number of fans were also spotted wearing and carrying Messi's jersey, with several banners unfurled honouring the club's greatest ever player. However, there were also some jeers against the player, who has joined Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year deal.
One of Barcelona's captains, Gerard Pique admitted after the game that despite the importance that Messi had on the fortunes of the club, the Catalan giants must move forward and challenge for trophies.
"I don't have to explain what Leo represents, we all know it. He's the most important player in the history of this club and in the history of football. But all things must pass, we have to keep going. I think we have a good level, we'll be very competitive. I'm convinced we'll compete for all the trophies until the end," Pique said after the game.