El Rayo pays an emotional tribute to Carlos Matallanas

A minute's silence was observed before the match against Zaragoza and the Rayista players jumped onto the pitch with a banner: 'Thank you Carlos, an example of life and of fighting until the end'.

The Rayo Vallecano wanted to pay an emotional tribute to Carlos Matallanas, former footballer, journalist, soccer analyst and teammate of AS, who died this week as a result of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) against which he had spent years of tireless fight. Because that was how he was, an incombustible fighter, who has given visibility to a disease of which, according to the Spanish Neurology Society, three new cases are diagnosed every day.

Before Rayo-Zaragoza began, a minute of silence was observed on their behalf. However, that was not the only gesture seen this Friday at the Vallecas Stadium to pay tribute to him. The franjirrojos players jumped onto the field of play carrying a banner, with an image of them, smiling, and a phrase that read: "Thank you Carlos, example of life and struggle to the end."

This has not been the first reaction of the Madrid entity for the loss of Carlos. Already last Tuesday, when the news of his goodbye was known, he published a tweet with his condolences: "Today is a very sad day. A magnificent person is leaving, always an example of how to face life. A FIGHTER with capital letters, you fought it until the end. Thank you Carlos with all my heart for the immense example that you leave us. A strong and heartfelt hug for all your family. DEP ".

Y is that his departure has not only moved the world of football and journalism, but also many anonymous people who felt they were part of his story. The one that he told us through his books' My battle against ALS 'and the most recent' Life is a game. Strategy for Mario and Blanca '. That for which he received tributes from his clubs and other sports entities, such as the CSD, which awarded him the Royal Order of Merit for Deportivo. A legacy that we can all perpetuate through FUNDELA, the foundation that fights against this disease and for which he became an ambassador. Because the game continues ...

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