The Former Spain and Barcelona striker Quini died aged 68

Enrique Castro, 'Quini', left the Camp Nou, drove home, place the video to record the highlights of the night's games, got back into the car and headed to the airport.  It was 1 March 1981, and Spain's top scorer at the moment, who passed away on Tuesday following a sudden heart attack aged 68, had only scored two goals and was going to collect his wife and kids, who had been flying back into Barcelona from Asturias.  It's there, in Sporting Gijón's El Molinón floor, his body lies in rest and at which the funeral was held on Wednesday, a stadium that will now carry his name, but his loss was felt all over Spain.

Since the tributes arrived, it wasn't just about an amazing footballer who was the top scorer in Spain's first division five occasions, also twice more in the second; a striker who played for Spain, Barcelona and Sporting, but a man who was universally admired; warm, kind and generous, with time for everybody.  He was diagnosed with cancer and lost his brother, a goalkeeper in Sporting when he died saving an English boy from drowning, but Quini overcame both, directing kids who came through at Sporting.  The tribute paid to him by David Villa, where Villa apologized for never being a better striker than the guy who said he'd be when he was a little boy, is especially heartbreaking.  agen sbobet

What occurred in March 1981, however, may be the most telling portrait of all.  On the road to the airport that night, Quini pulled into a gas station on Plaça de Comas; a DKW van, its own number plate M9955AX stolen by a Chair, pulled in behind him and two guys got out.   They climbed in together with him and as he retreated, gun pressed into his throat, the van followed his Ford Granada towards Les Corts, where he had been forced to get out and climb in the back of the van.   By then head covered with a hood, Quini, had been imprisoned below the ground at a lock-up at Zaragoza in a cell.  It measured a half and a meter. 

The three guys who shot Quini were on the dole and distressed.  They'd slept rough on the mountain of Montjuic as they planned the kidnapping, and if authorities eventually free Quini, a magazine article on him was one of the things they discovered.  Yet the preparation was far from ideal.  They wanted a ransom for Quini's return but hadn't agreed on how large it should be, finally settling 100m pesetas.  During one phone conversation they started making demands over the way the 10m ought to be paid -- in used, non-consecutive invoices -- just to be asked: "Excuse me? 
"Oh," came the reply, "yeah, the 100 million, that is right. "100 million" That is exactly what I meant." The kidnappers also had no idea how to organize for the ransom money to be delivered.  No account was set up -- Barcelona had to do this for them and they had no clue how to make good their escape.
By Admin Last updated: 5 March 2018, 10:04

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