Alberto Borregán saw his dream realized this Sunday, May 5, as his jersey was lifted high above the fans at the Palau Blaugrana to its deserved place among the best athletes in Club history. Borregán’s is the first roller hockey jersey in Club history to be retired.
The tribute to the player started with a video recapping his best moments on the court as a Barça player. Later, President Sandro Rosell and the director responsible for the team, Ramon Cierco, and Club captains Carles Puyol, Juan Carlos Navarro, Víctor Tomás awarded Borregán with a commemorative plaque.
All of his titles, on display
Each and every one of the 58 titles won by Borregán were brought, one by one, to the middle of the court. The last cups to be brought out were his 9 European Cups, which were brought in by Borregán’s personal friends. The player himself then made his entrance, accompanied by his family, to the applause of the crowd.
Up, Up, and away!
The biggest moment came at five minutes before eight o’clock. Borregán’s jersey took its place, between Andrés Jiménez and David Barrufet, among the greatest players in the history of the Club. “I’m next to the best player in the history of Barça teams. Being next to Barrufet is impressive,” said an emotional Borregán. “I hope my colleagues make it to the final of the European Cup, we haven’t been able to win it for a couple of years,” he continued. “My jersey also represents the other great roller hockey players that played for this team.
“Making my parents happy is something I will never forget. I want to thank President Rosell for making this possible,” he finished. Borregán was then given a standing ovation as he made a final lap of honour around the court of the Palau Blaugrana.