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Barça’s Legendary Goalkeeper Passes Away

Barça’s Legendary Goalkeeper Passes Away

Fallece Antoni Ramallets - FC Barcelona

Fallece Antoni Ramallets | © Teinteresa


 
 
Barcelona’s legendary goalkeeper, Antoni Ramallets Simón or more popularly known as the “winged cat,” died at the age of 89.
 
Almost a week after Brazil’s Djalma Santos succumbed to pneumonia, Spain’s Ramallets also passed away. To date, there is no explanation to goalkeeper’s cause of death.
 
Ramallets, who has thirty-five (35) winning caps under his belt, spent most of his career, playing for Barcelona. From 1946 to 1961, he was one of the club’s most prominent figures. Through his efforts, he helped the club clinched six (6) Primera Division trophies, five (5) Spanish Cups silverware and two (2) Inter-Cities fairs cup.
 
Aside from the above-mentioned contributions, Ramallets was also instrumental in Spain’s semi-final entry in the 1950 World Cup match. Moreover, it is important to note that the so-called “winged cat” was a 5-time awardee of the Zamora trophy.
 
Named after another renowned footballer, Ricardo Zamora, the award is given to goalkeepers who have the lowest goals-to-games ratio.
 
Other than denying the deadliest strikers of his time, Ramallets had his share of coaching clubs such as Real Vallodilid. In 1964, he led Real Zaragoza’s campaign and helped the team secure the 4th spot.
 
Reminiscing Ramallet’s contributions, Barça offered a moment of silence prior to its friendly against Lechia Gdansk in Poland.
 
Named after another renowned footballer, Ricardo Zamora, the award is given to goalkeepers who have the lowest goals-to-games ratio.
 
Other than denying the deadliest strikers of his time, Ramallets had his share of coaching clubs such as Real Vallodilid. In 1964, he led Real Zaragoza’s campaign and helped the team secure the 4th spot.
 
Reminiscing Ramallet’s contributions, Barça offered a moment of silence prior to its friendly against Lechia Gdansk in Poland.

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