At the tribute paid by the AFE (Association of Spanish Footballers) to its former president Angel Maria VillarFIFA President Gianni Infantinowho praised Real Madrid, was present, as well as the current president of AFE David Aganzo.
were also present Enrique Cerezo, Emilio Butragueno, Angel Torres, Fernando Hierro, Vicente del Bosque, Javier Clemente, José Antonio Camacho, Emilio Garcia Silvero, Larrea, Miguel Torres and many administrators from the time when Villar was president of the Federation.
The FIFA president, who was also present at the union’s assembly, was one of those who spoke during the tribute to the former president of Spanish football. He highlighted the figure of Villar and the importance he had in the world of football.
In his speech, Infantino also wanted to highlight the achievements of real Madridwhich he described as “the best team in the world. I just hope one year they let the other teams win something,” he said with a laugh.
Villar spoke about the Champions League final he attended.
“I was happy. I was just another fan. I suffered,” Villar said.
“The players and the coach were wonderful. It’s not easy to win a match like that, but the finals are won and played, I enjoyed it a lot.
“Real Madrid are the best.”
On the tribute and Luis Rubialeshe commented: “I’m very happy. I was a great unionist. Rubiales? Let’s talk about happy things like Real Madrid. I haven’t seen the incidents, but anyone who works can make mistakes”.
Gianni Infantino with David Aganzo to AFE’s tribute to Villar, one of its founders.
Historic founder of the union, elite player for years, the Spanish Footballers’ Association paid a moving tribute to Angel Maria Villar recognize his figure as an athlete, but also as a defender of the collective of footballers. He was one of the brave players who led the historic first strike in Spanish football in 1979.
David Aganzo, as president of the AFE, was the host of this tribute, which was attended by important ex-footballers and relatives of Angel Maria Villar. FIFA President Gianni Infantino was also present and wished to accompany the ex-footballer on such a special day for him. This intimate event, organized in Madrid, was presented by sports journalist Roberto Gmez.
AFE was also represented by Diego Rivas (General Secretary), Javier Lpez Mora-Gil (Administrator), Ruth Acedo (Administrator), Juanma Marrero (Administrator), Adrin Gonzlez (Administrator), Jos Verd ‘Toch’ (Member Administrator) , Jos Antonio Camacho (Board Member), Fernando Zambrano (Head of Veterans Services Department) and Manuel Tello (Deputy Director).
Representatives of institutions and former footballers who have shared many moments with ngel Mara Villar were also present. It should be noted, among other things, the presence of Vicente del Bosque, Iker Casillas, Javier Clemente, Fernando Hierro, Alejandro Blanco, Adelardo Rodrguez, Juan Manuel Asensi, Javier Irureta, Julio Alberto, Vicente Miera, Emilio Butragueo, Ramn Caldern, ngel Torres, Gines Melndez, Andoni Goikoetxea, Miguel Torres, Miguel Reina, Eugenio Leal, Enrique Cerezo, Diego Tristn, Pedro Jaro, Diego Rodrguez, Jos Luis Snchez Barrios, Manolo Gallego, Clemente Villaverde, Javier Arizmendi, Patxi Bolaos, Jose Mara Movilla, Javier Gmez Navarro, Jorge Fernndez, Jos Silvano, Antonio Escribano, Vicente Temprado, Juan Luis Larrea, Javier Lozano, Teodoro Nieto, Matilde Garca Duarte, Pedro Guilln, Jorge Vaquero, Mara Jos Claramunt, Manuel Vizcano, Jos Venancio, Carlo Cutropa, Dora de Pedro, Antonio Bustillo, Mariano Moreno, Eduard Dervishaj , Daniel Celemin, ngel Martn, Gorka Villar, Jos Gallardo, Elas Benito, Luis Arniz, Luis Cano, Vicente Muoz, Laurentzi Gana, Javier Palacios and Roco Fernandez.
“Angel was a warrior on the pitch, but even more so off it, fighting for the collective of footballers when they had no rights, when they were subject to the implacable dictatorship of the clubs at the time”, said David Aganzo.
“He left blood, sweat and tears on the pitch, but off the pitch he performed with the same grit, bravery and determination.”
Villar also spoke, thanking the current president in his acceptance speech.
“I receive this tribute from AFE with joy and gratitude. I thank David Aganzo and its board of directors for recognizing the people who founded the association. And I receive it next to mine, people that I will always carry in my heart”, underlined ngel Mara Villar, who sincerely thanked Gianni Infantino, “the highest representation of football at world level”, for his presence.
“When we started, AFE was just an idea,” said Villar, who recalled that “we had a lot of meetings, we traveled a lot… We received a lot of criticism because they thought it was a union of rich people”. And he underlined the fact that “it was the elite footballers who took the lead”.
For its part, Gianni Infantino described the tribute to a great person as “fantastic and well deserved”.
“We have to thank him for all he has done for world football. It is an honor and a pleasure to be part of this tribute to a loyal and honest person from whom we have learned a lot. I congratulate the AFE for this initiative because football belongs to the footballers,” said infantine.
Vicente del Bosque, Iker Casillas and President of Atlético Madrid Enrique Cerezo were among the others who paid tribute to this influential figure in Spanish football.