ANDhe Rayo Vallecano celebrated his “historic return” to the First Division, as highlighted by its president, Raúl Martín Presa, with various institutional events at the headquarters of the city council and the Community of Madrid, where he was received by the mayor Jose Luis Martinez-Almeida and the regional president Isabel Diaz Ayuso.
The day of official celebrations began in the parish of San Ramón Nonato, in Puente de Vallecas, which was attended by the Rayista delegation headed by President Raúl Martín Presa along with players, coaching staff and employees.
The team made a offering in the parish And, unlike in previous visits, on this occasion only the parish priest spoke before the formal photo next to the photo on the altar.
The second stop was the Royal Post Office, in the central Puerta del Sol, where the Ray was received by the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, and the Minister of Culture, Tourism and Sports, Marta Rivera de la Cruz.
Ayuso delivered a commemorative plaque for his promotion to the president of Rayo and he, together with the captain of the first team, Alberto García, gave the president of the Community of Madrid a shirt with his name and number one.
“This promotion is an opportunity for all my colleagues and hopefully my club and my teammates can come soon and celebrate bigger things and not be left alone in the promotions, “said Alberto.
The president of Rayo, Raúl Martín Presa, said he was “proud to defend the flags of Spain and the Community of Madrid “and wanted to thank” everyone who has made it possible for us to be here as the players, coaching staff and workers of the club. “
“Also to the fans, who have followed us from a distance due to this pandemic, and especially to those who are no longer with us. Vallecas neighborhood it has been hit hard by the pandemic and this rise makes many people happy after many months of suffering and distress, “he confessed.
Finally, Martín Presa thanked Ayuso for his “support” and highlighted his management being “brave.” “It is a pride that a person welcomes us who, with the management he has done, despite internal and external obstacles, has made it possible to save many lives“, it manifested.
The president of the Community of Madrid, in her speech, stated that with this promotion “part of the story is written most beautiful of the Lightning “.
“Until now it was said that Rayo was small in sports and big in values but now we have to update the slogan. When it was little,” said Ayuso, who stressed that the Vallecano club “go back to the place and the category that corresponds to it and with his return the good work, excellence and good times of Madrid football are demonstrated “.
“The Lightning is a legendary club that embodies like few others the value of overcoming and also those of bravery, courage and nobility “, he concluded.
The president of the Madrid Football Federation also approached the headquarters of the Community of Madrid, Paco Diez, who was congratulating the Ray.
To end the day, the Rayo expedition headed to the Madrid city hall, where they were received by the mayor, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, and the deputy mayor, Begoña Villacís.
“You have been an exemplary team and that is why I congratulate you on this new return to Primera,” said Martínez-Almeida, who highlighted the Basque coach as team leader Andoni Iraola.
“We have enjoyed Iraola and suffered many afternoons when he was Athletic player because he was an extraordinary player, with fine technique and good ball touch. Now, as a coach, he has had a successful football career, “he said.
For Martínez-Almeida, this success “could not have occurred without the human values that the team has shown and more when when few people gave a penny for you, since it is not usual for the sixth to go up to First “.
Another of the captains of the squad, the Argentine Oscar Trejo, delved into this idea of companionship and stressed that “unity is strength.”
“We are a great human group that makes the objectives be achieved and that is why I am proud to belong to this neighborhood and to the club. I thank people for all their support and, for many things that can be achieved, this goal is going to be enjoyed twice as much, “he concluded.
The institutional act in the town hall concluded with the delivery by Martín Presa and Oscar Trejo of a personalized shirt with the number one for the mayor of Madrid.