Another coach, another Fabián –

Another coach, another Fabián –
Another coach, another Fabián –

Fabian Ruiz (3-4-1996) is one of those illustrious sons who The Palaces has given for football. In the middle of the races Jesus Navas (37 years old) and Gavi (19), he grew up in The Union admiring Pirlo, Lampard and Ronaldinho until Mauri and Alfonso Salado they captured it for him Betis. His life took a turn between his last year of childhood and his first year of cadetship, when he grew 30 centimeters in five months, a rarity that affected his coordination, but that did not prevent him from ending up settling into elite football. .

Fabianwho will always remember how he had to sing The Macarena As a hazing of the veterans when he joined the Betis first team, he removed a thorn with his Selection in Berlinwhere a great game took place in which, helped by the extreme caution of the Croats with Rodrigo, he roamed freely. She knew how to receive and turn. He teamed up, played long, scored a great goal, gave an assist, had a 91% passing success rate (49 out of 54); and he was the player who ran the most in the Selection (12.2 kilometers) Luis Enriquenow his coach in the Paris Saint Germainhe crossed him in the round of 16 match of the last Euro Cup. Precisely, against Croatia. The Andalusian appeared on the field in the 78th minute with 3-1. Orsic (85′) and Pasalic (90′) they sent the game to extra time. Spain ended up winning but the coach saw something that he decided not to ignore even though it was never made public. Fabián did not play again in that Euro Cup or in the following 20 games with Luis Enrique in office. A year and a half later, Luis de la Fuente He was called up again for his first two games as senior coach (Norway and Scotland).

Coming from a humble family (his mother Chari she was a cleaner at Luis del Sol Sports City of the Betis), Fabian put himself on the international map with an outstanding performance at the 2019 U-21 Euro Cup. Italywas the MVP of the tournament. By then, he was already a player Napleswhere he had arrived after the Partenopians paid him 30 million euros to the Betis. Before that, in 2017, the Barça flirted with his signing. The Blaugrana, aware that he had a low termination clause (15 million), were interested in him to incorporate him into the reserve team. But the operation did not work out. Two years later, Quique Setienin the months of his fleeting passage through Barça, pandemic included, put his name back on the table of the technical secretariat. He was one of his favorite players.

Fabián, however, continued four years in the Naples until he was transferred for 22 million euros to the Paris Saint Germain, club with which he has a contract until 2027. There he met again Luis Enrique. It has not been indisputable, but on the big days of the Champions League (qualifiers against the Realhe Barça and the Dortmund), has always had a place in the eleven next to Vitinha and Zaire-Emery in the center of the field. “Yeah Fabian was not called Fabian“You would talk more about him,” he said. Luis de la Fuente in the press room of the Olympiastadion after the Andalusian lifted the award of MVP of the game, which he carried out very normally. “The coach wants us to shoot when we are in the shooting zone. “It is one of the most important goals of my career,” he concluded.

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