Farewell to Antoni Ramallets

Former Barcelona and Spain goalkeeper Antoni Ramallets has passed away at the age of 89.

The Catalan-born footballer started his career in Mallorca, San Fernando and Real Valladolid before becoming a permanent starter for Blaugrana arena (Barcelona).

Ramallets career was from the mid-1940’s to the early 1960’s and he made an impressive 538 appearances for Barcelona in all their competitions and 288 of them were in the Primera Division alone.

With the Catalan side, he won six League titles and five Copa del Reys as well as two Inter-Cities Fairs Cups.

He helped Spain arrive to the Semi-final of the 1950’s Brazilian World Cup and was capped 35 times playing for Spain.

During the fifties, for his position as keeper, he also picked up the Zamora Trophy five times – this is a league record that is now jointly held with Victor Valdes (curiously the current Barcelona goalkeeper…)

When retiring, Ramallets starting managing like many players choose to do and he had spells with teams such as Valldolid, Zaragoza, Murcia, Logrones, Hercules and Deportivo Ilicitano and finally Elche. 

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