Aritz Aduriz does not believe that his retirement, nor the final of the Spanish Football Cup Athletic Bilbao with Real Sociedad is so critical against the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

Aduriz: My retirement is not so important at this moment

Aritz Aduriz does not believe that his retirement, nor the final of the Spanish Football Cup Athletic Bilbao with Real Sociedad is so critical against the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The veteran striker, who scored 172 goals in more than 400 matches for Athletic. He announced his intention to resign at the end of this season in August. His last season as a player should be marked by the Copa del Rey All-Basque Final between Athletic and La Real. Initially scheduled for April 18 in Seville, the Copa showroom – along with the vast majority of sports around the world – was delayed. It is unclear when the final will be played. However, Aduriz even accepts such a momentous event as a clash with Sociedad has little significance against the backdrop of the crisis, which killed more than 12 thousand people in Spain.

We need to help each other

“This coronavirus crisis makes us think twice and consider what is important,” Athletics official website quotes Aduriz. “And now my retirement, or football in general, or if we play the Copa del Rey finals or it doesn’t matter.”I think many other more important things that need to be stopped and decided. I am sure, with the help of altogether, with each of us playing our part, we will get ahead of it. That’s what I’m focusing on at this moment, and this is the most important thing. “Aduriz was born in San Sebastian, where the Real Sociedad is from. But he expects a respectful reception from his fans if and when the final will take place. He added: “Maybe we all don’t forget about the Copa del Rey final, but now we give priority to other things.”

We need to learn something from this pandemic

“We are all going through a difficult time when many people struggle a lot and even leave… So, the final of Copa has its meaning, but maybe not so much now.” There are other things that we need to solve together. If the day of the final finally arrives, I’m Donostiarra. I’ve always felt very comfortable in Donostia, and this will not change what happens in any football game. I am sure that they will treat me the same way, no doubt. “When asked about the recognition of his achievements from Athletics fans, Aduriz replied:” If we learned something from this pandemic or the virus that we are fighting, then this is what we need to think twice about what is essential.

“I sincerely believe that people who deserve statuettes and recognition are understandable these days, and it’s not me or any football player.” I would build a statue for those who every day are fighting at the most advanced with the virus in all hospitals. “We need to understand what is important and what is not. And this probably shows us that football is not important enough for this kind of recognition.”