Felipe Reyes, the Spartacus of Spain: goodbye to a legend

The Real Madrid player retires after a long sports career. The white captain is leaving, one of the great references of Spanish basketball.


A legend is leaving. The second game of the Endesa League final not only meant the elimination and the league title of Barça, but also the end of a historic career, one of the best there has been in Spanish basketball. Felipe Reyes announces his retirement with 41 years and a career full of successes, which includes 10 medals with the Spanish National Team and an absolutely extraordinary record of white, being the captain of Real Madrid in one of the most successful stages of the club. capital has had during its long history.

Felipe Reyes, a professional since 1999, changed Estudiantes for Real Madrid in 2004. With the student club he won the 2000 Copa del Rey and the league runner-up in 2004. In white, his record increased considerably: seven ACB Leagues, six Copa del Rey, two Euroleague, six Spanish Super Cups, one Eurocup and one Intercontinental Cup. In total, there are 23 official tournaments with Real Madrid and 24 total, if we count the one achieved with Estudiantes, the club with which he was formed and with which he reached the elite of Spanish basketball.

At the individual level, the power forward's curriculum is not short: he has won the MVP of the ACB season on two occasions, in 2009 and in 2015; Furthermore, he was MVP of the final in 2007. Felipe has been four times in the best quintet of the domestic championship, the last of them in 2015, the same year in which he repeated the award in the Euroleague. That was his best year on an individual and personal level, with Real Madrid conquering the maximum continental competition after a 20-year wait, a success that was very close to achieving the previous two years (two finals) and which he conquered again in 2018.

In addition to all that, Felipe is the player who has played the most games and has captured the most rebounds in the history of the Euroleague, and also the one who has scored the most games in the Endesa League. With Real Madrid he also sets records: he is the professional with the most matches and ball steals, as well as the oldest in history to wear the white jersey, something he has done uninterruptedly since 2004, for a total of 17 seasons.

Reference in the National Team

The role of Felipe Reyes has also been essential in the most important generation of Spanish basketball, one that has won almost all the titles on the international scene. Belonging to a family of basketball players like his brother Alfonso, Felipe was a member of the group called the Golden Juniors, who won the 1998 European Championship and the 1999 World Cup in that category; in the latter, historic, defeating the powerful United States team in the final.

Felipe made his debut in 2001 in the absolute category, with which he has won up to 10 medals, the second in the historical classification together with Juan Carlos Navarro and Rudy Fernández, and only behind Pau Gasol, his generation partner. In addition, he has 236 caps to his credit, the third in the ranking after Juan Antonio San Epifanio, second with 239, and the aforementioned Navarro, leader with 253. The power forward put an end to his love affair with the National Team in 2016 , and he does the same at Real Madrid five years later, after a successful professional career and, in his own right, become one of the greatest references in Spanish basketball. Legend.

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