After the season ended with sixth place and qualification for the Europa League, the first decision that Betis has made was to announce the renewal of its captain, Joaquín, who will remain active for at least one more year, until 2022. Eternal Betis player, therefore, will play his 22nd season as a professional, divided among the 13 that he will fulfill with Betis, five with Valencia, two with Málaga and another two with Fiorentina. Joaquín will turn 40 next July and will continue to be active. A great example of longevity of a footballer who does not stop breaking records in the Andalusian club. For example, he has played 462 games to be the player with the most games played in the history of the Andalusian entity. He beat José Ramón Esnaola (460) in the match against Granada two days ago, ahead of Julio Cardeñosa (413), Rafael Gordillo (411) and Javier López (394).
Betis announced the renewal of its legend in a video where the actress María Galiana, a well-known fan of the Andalusian club, talks about her experience as an actress and refers to the Verdiblanco captain. “To speak of happiness is to speak of Betis, my Betis, Joaquín’s Betis. What a player, is that he does not spend time for him. One day and another raising and lowering the band And scoring! I have enjoyed it so much … When I was young the world was one of the oldest, that seems to have changed in these times, although I am determined to continue fighting. And you Joaquín! ”, Says María Galiana, 85 years old and still an active actress, in the video produced by Betis.
Joaquín’s renewal has been the first of the decisions made by the club’s top leadership, with president Ángel Haro and the coach, Manuel Pellegrini, at the helm, in a meeting to plan Betis’s next season, where he will participate in the League. Europe. Many changes are expected in a squad that will begin work on July 5 and that needs to be reinforced for a campaign that is very demanding for Betis with three competitive fronts. There will be Joaquín, 40 years old, eternal Betic captain and image of the club. A footballer who has scored goals in four decades and is a valid sports thread that unites generations of footballers such as Luis Enrique, Hierro, Albelda, Puyol, Raúl and Morientes with Xabi Alonso, Iniesta, Jesús Navas, Sergio Ramos, Xavi, Villa (the world champions) to the current Pedri, Fabián and Dani Ceballos. Joaquín has been international 52 times with Spain and has played the World Cups in Korea and Japan in 2002 and Germany in 2006, plus the European Championship in Portugal in 2004. He has won two titles as a footballer. The King’s Cups of 2005 with Betis and the one of 2008 with Valencia.