Adios y Gracias: Jose Maria Gutierrez

Posted: July 26, 2010 in soccer, Sports
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Time to say good-bye to a Real Madrid legend

It’s been an emotional week for Madridista’s all around the World. We’ve found out that our two most iconic and loyal servants – who are also our two captains – will be leaving Real Madrid (More on Raul later).

Guti joined the youth teams at the age of 9 and has been a Real Madrid footballer up until now – a span which has lasted an imperial 24 years. We’re used to seeing Guti rip the soul of opposing defenders since 1995 when he made his debut. We’ve seen so many different sides of Guti – sides that we don’t need to list – and never knew what to expect from him at any given time. But without a doubt, when people look back on Guti’s career, he won’t be remembered for his inconsistency, he’ll be remembered simply as a ‘Maestro’.

Without hesitation I can say that Guti was an incredibly rare and singular footballer. The things I have seen Guti do, are things I haven’t even seen players like Zidane, Ronaldinho, and Messi do. A left foot that was made of pure magic, and vision that didn’t even make any sense. When we talk about Guti’s vision, we don’t talk about anyone else’s vision in the same sentence. That’s how good it was. I’m talking about the kind of vision that would make an Eagle seem blind.

It’s time to be thankful now. We breathed in a generation of exalted footballers, and witnessed some of the most awe-inspiring passes in the history of football. Gracias Guti.

• 5 Spanish league titles (1996/97, 2000/01, 2002/03, 2006/07, 2007/08)
• 4 Spanish Super Cups (1997, 2001, 2003, 2008)
• 3 Champions League titles (1997/98, 1999/00, 2001/02)
• 1 UEFA Super Cup (2002)
• 2 Intercontinental Cups (1998, 2002)
• 1 Under-21 European Championship with Spain (1998)
• 1 Under-18 European Championship with Spain (1995)

If saying good-bye to Guti gave my tears today, I will be crying profusely during Raul’s good-bye press conference. His tribute will soon follow.

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