“To think that it has been more than 14 years ago when this little kid arrived at Barça, at 11 years old, with his twin Brother Eric accompanied by his parents Josep and Montse, with the biggest hope a kid could have, the hope of wearing and defending the shirt and colors of the Club he loved ever since he was born. Both of us with the same dream: Playing with FC Barcelona’s first team, we thought it was far fetched, maybe even impossible, but in my case, I finally achieved it.
Little by little, not spending time with my family and friends in order to be present in training or matches each week, seeing many teammates come and go every season, and each season that it happened was more complicated and the competition and demand was tougher in training and matches.
Until you grow up without noticing that the years flew by and the bad moments and the good ones kept coming, so it was time to decide whethe to continue studying or dedicate myself 100% to football or do both at la Masia. That is where I took the great step in all meanings. I can say that being at La Masia allowed me to give my all and be able to reach the Barça B team, and two years later, the dream I had a as kid, for which I had hoped and sacrificed a lot and fought for came true: Playing for the first team of FC Barcelona, with which I had the pleasure to live great moments and successes with the best team in the world, from the inside.
These 4 years as a first team players have been incredible, intense, hard, with brutal moments and others not brutal, but most of all unique and unforgettable. Thank you to every and each teammate I had, the best in the world, who allowed me to learn the best from them as professionals and people. With direct and indirect advice that I still hold onto to always keep growing even more. To all the people surrounding the players, coaches, directors, presidents, physicians, doctors, kit-men, delegates, chefs, and security staff, heads of press, workers at La Masia, and the Ciutat Esportiva.
And I would especially like to thank each and every one of you cules, the affection and care you have shown me all those days I have lived in this home have helped me continue to push forward, to fight and give meaning to the work I did defending our colors.
I leave with my head held high, with the feeling of doing everything possible in each of the moments I was needed and giving my all in every training session and match. I continue on my road to keep growing, with Meli, little Gala and my people, who have been unconditionally there for me. Knowing that everything I have lived and everything that has happened have made me the man I am today and gave me the privilege to continue doing what I like, to continue achieving new challenges and credits that allow me to continue dreaming more than ever.
And mos of all, I am moving onward with a cool head in order to coherently do what it takes, but keeping a flaming mind to continue evolving with passion and eagerness as a player and a person.
Despite the distance, I will still love and enjoy Barça as one more cule.
Continue believing to keep growing!
The 110th anniversary of Real Madrid ends with mourning. Marquitos died today in Santander at the age of 78. He will be buried Thursday in Cantabria. Santiago Bernabéu signed Marquitos in 1954, and he defended the white shirt for 9 years. Marquitos gave it everything to defend the shirt of Real Madrid. As seen by the above picture, the player is returning to the dressing room full of mud after a match against Athletic in the 1954/55 season. Marquitos won 5 European cups with a number 2 that he worn on his back between 1954 to 1962, not many right backs can say they have done that. He even scored in Real Madrid’s first ever European success. He is remembered by the fans of Real Madrid having scored the winning goal in 1956 European Cup between Real Madrid and Stade de Reims (4-3).
History: How Real Madrid won their 10 European Cups
LA PRIMERA (First European Cup) Final: Real Madrid 4-3 Stade de Reims (13/06/1956) Real Madrid XI: Alonso, Atienza, Marquitos, Lesmes, Muñoz, Zárraga, Joseíto, Marsal, Di Stefano, Rial y Gento. Scorers: Di Stéfano 14′, Rial 30′, 79′, Marquitos 67′ Stadium: Parc des Princes, Paris (attendance 38,239) - Story | video (2)
LA SEGUNDA Final: Real Madrid 2-0 Fiorentina (30/05/1957) Real Madrid XI: Alonso, Torres, Marquitos, Lesmes, Muñoz, Zárraga, Kopa, Mateos, Di Stefano, Rial y Gento. Scorers: Di Stéfano 69′ (P), Gento 75′ Stadium: Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid (attendance 124,000) - Story | video (2)
LA TERCERA Final: Real Madrid 3-2 Milan (28/05/1958) Real Madrid XI: Alonso, Atienza Il, Santamaría, Lesmes, Santisteban, Zárraga, Kopa, Joseíto, Di Stéfano, Rial y Gento. Scorers: Di Stéfano 74′, Rial 79′, Gento 107’ Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (attendance 67,000) - Story | video
LA CUARTA Final: Real Madrid 2-0 Stade de Reims (03/06/1959) Real Madrid XI: Domínguez, Marquitos, Santamaría, Zárraga, Ruiz, Santisteban, Kopa, Mateos, Di Stéfano, Rial y Gento. Scorers: Mateos 1′, Di Stéfano 47′ Stadium: VfB Arena, Stuttgart (attendance 72,000) - story | video
LA QUINTA (fifth consecutive title) Final: Real Madrid 7-3 Eintracht Frankfurt (18/05/1960) Real Madrid XI: Domínguez, Marquitos, Santamaría, Pachín, Vidal, Zárraga, Canario, Del Sol, Di Stéfano, Puskas y Gento. Scorers: Di Stéfano 27, 30, 73, Puskás 45+1, 56 (P) , 60, 71 Stadium: Hampden Park - Glasgow (attendance 127,621) - story | video (2)
LA SEXTA Final: Real Madrid 2-1 Partizán (11/05/1966) Real Madrid XI: Araquistáin, Pachín, De Felipe, Zoco, Sanchis, Pirri, Velázquez, Serena, Amancio, Grosso y Gento Scorers: Amancio Amaro 70, Serena 76 Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium - Brussels (attendance 46,745) - Story | video
LA SÉPTIMA Final: Real Madrid 1-0 Juventus (20/05/1998) Real Madrid XI: Illgner, Panucci, Hierro, Sanchís, Roberto Carlos, Seedorf, Karembeu, Redondo, Raúl (Amavisca, 90’), Mijatovic (Suker, 89’) y Morientes (Jaime,81’). Scorers: Mijatović 66 Stadium: Amsterdam ArenA – Amsterdam (attendance 48,500) - Story | video (2)
LA OCTAVA Final: Real Madrid 3-0 Valencia (24/05/2000) Real Madrid XI: Casillas, Míchel Salgado (Hierro, 85’), Iván Campo, Iván Helguera, Karanka, Roberto Carlos, McManaman, Redondo, Raúl, Anelka (Sanchís, 80’) y Morientes (Savio, 72’). Scorers: Morientes 39, McManaman 67, Raúl González 75 Stadium: Stade de France - Saint-Denis (attendance 80,000) - story | video
LA NOVENA Final: Real Madrid 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen (15/05/2002) Real Madrid XI: César (Casillas, 68’), Salgado, Hierro, Helguera, Roberto Carlos, Figo (McManaman, 61’), Makelele (Conceiçao, 73’), Solari, Zidane, Raúl y Morientes. Scorers: Raúl González 8, Zidane 45 Stadium: Hampden Park – Glasgow (attendance 50,499) - story | video (2)
LA DÉCIMA Final: Real Madrid 4-1 Atlético (24/05/2014) Real Madrid XI: Real Madrid: Casillas, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Coentrão (Marcelo, 59’), Khedira (Isco, 59’), Di María, Modric, Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo y Benzema (Morata, 79’). Scorers: Ramos 90+3, Bale 110, Marcelo 118, Ronaldo 120 (P) Stadium: Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica - Lisbon (attendance 60,976) - story | video
Every footballer has dreamt of putting on the Real Madrid white shirt but only special ones have attained this honour. Let’s go down memory lane, to look at some of the greats to have worn the number 2.
2- Marquitos and Chendo. Marquitos won five European cups with a number 2 that he worn on his back between 1954 to 1962, not many right backs can say they have done that. He even scored in Real Madrid’s first ever European success. Two decades later Chendo, today the clubs delegate, made the number 2 his own for 16 years, winning among other things, 7 league titles. Arriving in Real Madrid at the age of 15 and giving his whole life to one institution, according to him the best one there is, el mejor club del mundo: Real Madrid.
“What is there to say that you already don’t know… I admire you a lot. So many years of sharing a locker-room together. We’ll miss you a lot, but it will be nice seeing how you transform into the best center back in the world. This photo is a small gesture that I’ll never forget, you are really great! I love you brother. Best of luck in your new phase. @marcbartra.”
Marc’s comment on Rafi’s post:
“You are very great brother, very!!! Let’s carry on dreaming and making what we want come true! A big hug Rafita I love you!!!”