Amid uncertainty in Catalonia, another worry: the fate of its beloved soccer team – Los Angeles Times

The tattoo on Ricard Aguilar’s right calf is the shield of Futbol Club Barcelona, a team that rakes in hundreds of millions of dollars a year, revels in a cult-like following worldwide and forms a pillar of this city’s identity.

“Barça is my passion,” said Aguilar, a 52-year-old car mechanic, using an informal name for his team and his city, the capital of Catalonia — the prosperous northeastern region of Spain that on Friday declared independence.

Aguilar said he feels more Catalan than Spanish and supported the move.

But regardless of where residents of this city of 1.6 million stand on that question, most people can rally around the beloved 118-year-old soccer team.

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