Carlos Matallanas, with the Atlético shirt in a club act.ATLÉTICO DE MADRID
He could not be defined more than this by the incredible number of things he could do lying on a bed and having been left without movement and speechless. In the end, Carlos Matallanas lost this Tuesday [at age 39 in Seville] the battle against ALS , amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the only one that, all of us who loved him believed, deserved to have won since he was diagnosed with the disease in 2014. But no: it is a battle that in his genes has the implacable advance of evil and defeat without remedy.
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What is amazing is that, knowing that the disease would kill him, he fought no longer to defeat it, that That was not possible, but to show that his spirit, like that of so many other ALS sufferers, would be unbeatable to the last. Carlos Matallanas, footballer , vital even to write a book with just the blink of an eye, the only thing he could move now, everyone's friend. When a dying man who knows that he is, has the courage to write a book that he calls Life is a Game, his spirit prevails above all else.
His formidable optimism, his unshakable faith in the human spirit, made him the torch of Fundela, the foundation for ALS research. He dragged everyone, signed balls and shirts, wrote articles for As and led the AFE, the Association of Spanish Footballers, to create the Carlos Matallanas Award for short novels, football and writing. In two calls, in 2019 and 2020, two wonderful and imaginative novels have won it.
This is the trail left by Carlos Matallanas in life. We will always remember it this way.
Fernando Schwartz is a writer, secretary of Fundela and member of the jury of the Carlos Matallanas Prize for short novels.