Barcelona fans praised Joaquin Sanchez even though he was an away player.
Barcelona and Real Betis faced off in the 32nd round of Spanish La Liga in the 2022-23 season held at Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain at 4:00 am (hereinafter referred to as Korean time) on the 30th. The game ended with Barcelona winning 4-0.
There was a touching scene before the game. It was a scene where Barcelona fans applauded and cheered for Joaquin. The announcer at Barcelona’s stadium also made a comment for Joaquin, saying, “Thank you very much for all the moments you have lived and the happiness you have brought to football fans. Congratulations on your retirement and see you soon!” It’s something I would never do to an away team player, but it was different for ‘legendary’ Joaquin, who is retiring at the end of this season. 스포츠토토
Joaquin is a Spanish striker who has been playing well for a long time. He made his professional debut in 1999 with the Betis B team. After that, he moved to Betis again in 2015 after going through Betis, Valencia, Málaga and Fiorentina and made a comeback. The number of club games he played exceeded 800, and he played close to 500 at Betis. He is famous in Korea as a handsome Spanish player who missed the penalty shootout at the 2002 FIFA Korea-Japan World Cup.
That player is still playing as an active player. As such, Joaquin had a long and intense career as a player. Joaquin, who had only 23 years of his professional career, officially announced his retirement at the end of the season on the 20th. Speaking at a retirement press conference, Joaquin said, “Retirement was not a light decision. I think I will miss it. I will miss the smell of wet grass and the smell of the locker room. I will quickly forget it.”
Spanish football is applauding the departing Joaquin. At a press conference before the game, coach Xavi Hernández also said, “Joaquin was an extraordinary player. He was the best winger I have ever seen in my career. He could play for Barcelona. He is a noble person and has a good personality. He is a player with the best memories.” . Following Xavi, Barcelona fans also welcomed Joaquin to the Camp Nou. Joaquin responded with a bright smile and laughter.
Joaquin stepped on the ground as a substitute in the 19th minute of the second half. He then suffered an injury and was sidelined. Betis lost 0-4. “Joaquin suffered a knee injury,” manager Manuel Pellegrini said.