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In Pictures: Bidding adios to Primera Liga

June 4, 2013

Radamel Falcao, who is considered one of the best strikers in European club football, is leaving Atletico Madrid after two seasons with the capital city side. Sebastien Nogier / EPA
Radamel Falcao, who is considered one of the best strikers in European club football, is leaving Atletico Madrid after two seasons with the capital city side. Sebastien Nogier / EPA
The Colombian Falcao, centre, seen receiving a small Atletico Madrid shirt from club president Enrique Cerezo yesterday on account of the impending birth of his child, has signed a five-year contract with Monaco, the French Ligue 1 side. Victor Lerena / E??
The Colombian Falcao, centre, seen receiving a small Atletico Madrid shirt from club president Enrique Cerezo yesterday on account of the impending birth of his child, has signed a five-year contract with Monaco, the French Ligue 1 side. Victor Lerena / E??
The Chilean, left, who has also managed clubs such as Villarreal and Real Madrid, has been linked with a move to Manchester City, the English Premier League club. Toni Albir / EPA
The Chilean, left, who has also managed clubs such as Villarreal and Real Madrid, has been linked with a move to Manchester City, the English Premier League club. Toni Albir / EPA
The Frenchman thanked his teammates, his coaches, and above all the team doctors and physical therapists that helped him through his medical issues. David Ramos / Getty Images
The Frenchman thanked his teammates, his coaches, and above all the team doctors and physical therapists that helped him through his medical issues. David Ramos / Getty Images
Manuel Pellegrini, the outgoing manager of Malaga, is leaving the Primera Liga after a nine-year stint in Spain. David Ramos / Getty Images
Manuel Pellegrini, the outgoing manager of Malaga, is leaving the Primera Liga after a nine-year stint in Spain. David Ramos / Getty Images
Valdes, centre, has been with the Catalan club since 2002 and has played alongside Andres Iniesta, left, and Xavi, right, since then. Quique Garcia / AFP
Valdes, centre, has been with the Catalan club since 2002 and has played alongside Andres Iniesta, left, and Xavi, right, since then. Quique Garcia / AFP
The Portuguese made an exit from the Santiago Bernabeu stadium after having won as many fans as detractors after controversially dropping club icons such as captain Iker Casillas from the starting XI. Dani Pozo / AFP
The Portuguese made an exit from the Santiago Bernabeu stadium after having won as many fans as detractors after controversially dropping club icons such as captain Iker Casillas from the starting XI. Dani Pozo / AFP
Halfway out ... Victor Valdes has announced he will be leaving Barcelona when his contract with the European giants will expire in the summer of 2014. The 31-year-old goalkeeper has cited 'pressure' of playing for such a big club as a reason for leaving. ???
Halfway out ... Victor Valdes has announced he will be leaving Barcelona when his contract with the European giants will expire in the summer of 2014. The 31-year-old goalkeeper has cited 'pressure' of playing for such a big club as a reason for leaving. ???
Another manager on his way out of the Spanish league is Jose Mourinho, who was at the helm of Real Madrid for three seasons. Mourinho, who previously managed such clubs as Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan, is reportedly linked with a move back to London. Da???
Another manager on his way out of the Spanish league is Jose Mourinho, who was at the helm of Real Madrid for three seasons. Mourinho, who previously managed such clubs as Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan, is reportedly linked with a move back to London. Da???
Eric Abidal, left, is leaving Barcelona after six trophy-laden seasons and having fought back from both a liver tumor and a liver transplant to play again. Manu Fernandez / AP Photo
Eric Abidal, left, is leaving Barcelona after six trophy-laden seasons and having fought back from both a liver tumor and a liver transplant to play again. Manu Fernandez / AP Photo
Philippe Montanier, who was the Real Sociedad manager, was only offered a one-year contract extension by the Basques club. Juan Herrero / AFP
Philippe Montanier, who was the Real Sociedad manager, was only offered a one-year contract extension by the Basques club. Juan Herrero / AFP
Jesus Navas, the Sevilla winger, has moved to Manchester City, the English Premier League club. Manuel Queimadelos Alonso / Getty Images
Jesus Navas, the Sevilla winger, has moved to Manchester City, the English Premier League club. Manuel Queimadelos Alonso / Getty Images
Montanier, who is a contender for Spain's Coach of the Year award, has opted to move to French Ligue 1 side, Rennes. Miguel Riopa / AFP
Montanier, who is a contender for Spain's Coach of the Year award, has opted to move to French Ligue 1 side, Rennes. Miguel Riopa / AFP
Athletic Bilbao's Fernando Llorente is one of several gifted players to leave Spanish football in the light of the country's struggling economy. Alvaro Barrientos / AP Photo
Athletic Bilbao's Fernando Llorente is one of several gifted players to leave Spanish football in the light of the country's struggling economy. Alvaro Barrientos / AP Photo
Navas, left, has played for Seviila all his career and is therefore taking a plunge. The 27 year old, though, has been a part of several title-winning teams in club and international football. Angel Fernandez / AP Photo
Navas, left, has played for Seviila all his career and is therefore taking a plunge. The 27 year old, though, has been a part of several title-winning teams in club and international football. Angel Fernandez / AP Photo
The Spanish Llorente will be a Juventus player next season. Vincent West / Reuters
The Spanish Llorente will be a Juventus player next season. Vincent West / Reuters