Popularly known as 'la Vella' (the Old One), because of his long career with the Barça, Ramon Torralba (Ardisa, Zaragoza, 1887 – Barcelona, ?) is a legendary figure in the history of FC Barcelona due to his loyalty to the Club during fifteen seasons.
A holding midfield player, he stood out for his strength and limitless capacity for sacrifice. He
formed a formidable and celebrated partnership with Sancho and Samitier. Indeed, many people
believe that this threesome constituted the best ever Barça midfield.
He was a regular in the starting line-ups from the 1914/15 season until the 1925/26 season and kept himself in excellent physical condition throughout. In the 1924/25 season, at the age of thirty, he still managed to play 42 matches.
He was the first player in the history of Barça to be granted a testimonial match. This took place on 4 February 1917 at the stadium in Industria Street when he was still an acive player. The second, and farewell, testimonial took place on the 1st July 1928 at the Les Corts stadium.
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