Barca legend Antoni Ramallets dies
Barcelona have announced the death of former Spain goalkeeper Antoni Ramallets at the age of 89.
Ramallets, who won 35 caps for his country and played at the 1950 World Cup, played for Barca between 1946 and 1961 and won six Primera Division titles, five Spanish Cups and two Inter-Cities Fairs Cups.
A statement on the Barcelona website read: “Barcelona are in mourning. Antoni Ramallets Simon, one of the best goalkeepers in Barca's history and in world football, has left us. Ramallets wore the Azulgrana shirt on 473 occasions between 1946 and 1961 and will always be one of the great legends in the history of our club.
“Known among other nicknames as ‘the winged cat’, in his time everyone considered him as the best in Europe, maybe only second to the Soviet Lev Yashin.”
Ramallets was also a five-time winner of the Zamora trophy, which awarded to the goalkeeper with the lowest goals-to-games ratio in La Liga, and named after the former Barcelona and Real Madrid star Ricardo Zamora.
Current Barca ‘keeper Victor Valdes described Ramallets as a mythical player when he collected his fifth Zamora trophy earlier this year and he tweeted on Tuesday: “My condolences to the family of my good friend Antonio Ramallets. He will be forever in my heart...”
Acompaño en el sentimiento a toda la familia de mi buen amigo Antonio Ramallets. Para siempre en mi corazón.... http://t.co/IbF6Imm36K— Victor Valdes (@1victorvaldes) July 30, 2013
Information from the Press Association was used in this report.