Juan Carlos Unzué, former player of Osasuna and Barcelona, among others, and former coach, yesterday gave an emotional talk to the rojillo dressing room. Suffering from ALS, in a wheelchair, he offered a life lesson to the Iagoba Arrasate players and motivated them. He made a request: “The moment a defeat appears, a bad day or a training session where nothing comes out, remember me. Of this guy that you have here in front of you and four days ago he was playing like you and two days ago he was part of a staff, and today he is in a wheelchair.
In June of last year, Unzué (Pamplona, 1967) announced that he suffered from ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). The news shocked the football world. The Navarrese has had a fruitful career both on the pitch and from the benches: from defending the goals of teams like Osasuna or Sevilla to being Luis Enrique’s right-hand man for Barcelona, who won the treble in 2015.
«Remember me. But not as sad. I don’t want to convey that. A single objective, that this thought serves to say: this is worth it, I am privileged ». He also sent advice to the squad during his visit to Tajonar, where he took his first steps with the ball. «I encourage you that if you have a weakness, an important problem that you are not able to solve, that you let someone know. We all have someone we trust. There are many people around us who want to give us a hand. Possibly you already do, but it happens in the dressing room that you don’t want to show weakness in case a partner notices. And many times, the partner who is close also has a problem, “he said.