Aritz Aduriz has closed this season a long and successful professional career that has led him to be active until he is 39 years old. The rojiblanco striker was honored by Athletic two months ago, after he made public that he was forced to hang up his boots due to a hip injury.
Once operated, the striker has been alongside his hitherto teammates in the eleven games they have had to play in the final stretch of the League after the stoppage due to the coronavirus.
The donostiarra has received different recognitions in recent weeks in which he has been in the different fields in which Athletic has played and also He has been the protagonist of a documentary that summarizes his career, ‘Aritz Aduriz: Gogoaren indarra’, made by ETB and which was broadcast last night.
This audiovisual allowed to have the opportunity to enjoy again the best plays of Aduriz and other unforgettable moments on the pitch. Along with the player himself, the testimonies of his family and many people who have been close to him in Athletic, such as Andoni Iraola, Carlos Gurpegi, Josu Urrutia, Ernesto Valverde and Iñaki Williams could be heard..
At that time the Royal was interested, but one thing is interest and another that is truly committed to you and I did not feel that
Curiously, in the documentary Aduriz himself comes to recognize that he may have been a Real Sociedad player, his hometown team, in 2012, shortly before he finally returned to Athletic. The striker assures that he did not feel that he was firmly betting on him and that prevented the interest of the txuri urdin club in a signing in the end.
“At that time the Real was interested, but one thing is interest and another that is truly committed to you and I did not feel that,” says the tip.
After this episode, he returned to Athletic from Valencia from the hand of Josu Urrutia and despite being 31 years old he played eight more seasons as a lion. In some of them he gave the best performance of his career and even became international despite his seniority.
Aduriz had to leave Athletic in search of minutes in 2003 and was reborn as a footballer in Burgos, in Segunda B, and in Valladolid, in Segunda, from where he scored the first return to the rojiblanco club in 2006.
Two years later, the Athletic chaired by García Macua sold him to Mallorca for financial reasons, although he never received the full amount of his transfer. Again, his goals on the Vermillion team and later on at Valencia earned him to return home in 2012.