Vitor Roque, Barcelona’s marquee signing of the summer transfer window, has arrived in Barcelona. His arrival was celebrated in a rather surprising way.
On Wednesday, December 27, the Barça universe was in a state of excitement with the arrival of a player that Catalan supporters hope will blossom into a prodigy in the coming months. Vitor Roque, the 18-year-old Brazilian striker who was originally expected to arrive next summer, officially landed in Catalonia on Wednesday. The Blaugrana club did not miss the opportunity to publish a first photo as soon as the player arrived at the airport.
Tigre suelto en Barcelona 🐅 pic.twitter.com/i9OiEDrzcE
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) December 27, 2023
A tiger in reference to Vitor Roque’s nickname
But it was yesterday that Barça really went for it to celebrate the arrival of its new player. Indeed, in a short sequence, the Catalan club simply shared the image of… a tiger strolling calmly on the Montjuic pitch. An animal chosen in reference to Tigrinho, Vitor Roque’s nickname in Brazil. A surprising sequence that did not fail to ignite the supporters a little early last night.
The image, which was posted on the club’s social media channels, quickly went viral. Fans were both amused and intrigued by the club’s creative approach to welcoming Roque. Some even joked that the tiger was Roque himself, given his nickname.
Roque is expected to join Barcelona’s first team next summer. He has signed a five-year contract with the club.
The tiger’s symbolism
The tiger is a powerful symbol in many cultures. It is often associated with strength, power, and courage. In Brazil, it is also a symbol of the Amazon rainforest.
The use of the tiger in the image is likely a way for Barça to show its support for Roque and his home country. It is also a way to build excitement for the player’s arrival next summer.