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Ronald Araujo jumped over the Barcelona badge so he didn't step on it in disrespect

Daniel Marland

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Ronald Araujo jumped over the Barcelona badge so he didn't step on it in disrespect

Ronald Araujo refused to step on the Barcelona crest printed on the Camp Nou turf, instead deciding to jump over it.

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Xavi's side hosted Elche on Saturday afternoon and ran out comfortable 3-0 winners to go top of La Liga.

Araujo is quickly becoming one of the Blaugrana's most popular players and for good reason.

The 23-year-old can play as either a centre back or a right-back and gives it his all in either position. He plays with his heart on his sleeve and deeply loves the club.

It was evident just before halftime, as he chased the ball down the touchline.

Noticing he was in front of the Barcelona bench and seconds away from the badge, he produced an outrageous leap to avoid walking over it.

That's what you call commitment. Fans have reacted to the footage and they didn't think it was possible to respect Araujo anymore than they already do.

One person said: "This will never get old."

Another commented: "He respects the club so much."

A third put: "Loyalty personified."

While someone tweeted: "He'll be a future captain with this mentality."

Post-match, Araujo said: "I respect Barca so much. I will always jump over the emblem out of respect."

Earlier this year, Real Madrid winger Vinicius Jr. did the same thing at the Santiago Bernabeu against Valencia.

A Robert Lewandowski goal either side of Memphis Depay's lovely effort gave Barcelona a comfortable victory over Elche, who are bottom of the league.

Image Credit: Alamy
Image Credit: Alamy

Lewandowski bundled home the opener in the 34th minute to continue his fine form since a summer transfer from Bayern Munich.

Depay, who was close to leave the Catalan giants in the summer, received the ball deep in Elche's box and produced an outrageous turn to leave his marker in the dust.

The Netherlands international fired his effort into the roof of the net to double Barcelona's lead.

Just before halftime, Lewandowski once again showed his striker's instincts are razor sharp by pouncing on a rebound.

Featured Image Credit: La Liga

Topics: Barcelona, La Liga

Daniel Marland
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