The death of Francesc Arnau has shocked the world of football. His sudden goodbye has sparked an avalanche of emotional messages of condolences.
The FC Barcelona and Málaga exporter and current Real Oviedo sports director Francesc Arnau died at dawn this Saturday at the age of 46, the club has reported. His sudden death has shocked football and Spanish sport, which has been joined with messages of condolences for those closest to the former goalkeeper.
Arnau, who grew up in La Masía, played for Barça’s first team for three seasons (1998-2001) and then signed for Málaga, a club for which he defended his goal for ten years. After hanging up his gloves, he made the leap to his offices and was the sports director of the Blue and White club, the same position he had held since 2019 at Real Oviedo.
Reactions came from all parts of Spanish football, starting with Joan Laporta, president of Barcelona: “My condolences to the family, friends and all the football colleagues of our former player Francesc Arnau. Condolences to Real Oviedo, of which he was sports director “, wrote the maximum person in charge of the Barcelona organization.
El meu condol a la família, als amics i a tots els companys del món del futbol del nostre ex-jugador Francesc Arnau. Condolences al @RealOviedo on exercia de director esportiu.
— Joan Laporta Estruch🎗 (@JoanLaportaFCB) May 22, 2021
Barça also issued a statement recalling his time at the club, from grassroots football to his three-year journey in the first team, winning La Liga (1999).
Málaga, the second team where he spent the most time of his sporting life, also had some emotional farewell words: “A member of the Malaguista family as a player and executive in the Academy and the sports management, he leaves us too young,” said the note. farewell to Arnau, who has passed away at 46 years of age.
The messages have continued to come from all the Spanish professional football clubs, including the great ‘rivals’ of Arnau during his sporting career and today. These were the messages from Real Madrid, Espanyol, and Sporting.