Top 14 – Guilhem Guirado (Montpellier), the best for the end

At 36, Guilhem Guirado ended his career like a dream, with a second Brennus shield on the list. A definite pleasure and a nod to fate for the prostitute and his wife Johanna, his first supporter.

A career as rich and hectic as that of Guilhem Guirado could not end normally. On Friday night, the prostitute toured all the states for an extraordinary night, literally. Unforgettable, in more ways than one.

He had begun with solemnity and benevolence with hundreds of messages of encouragement and the sweet words of the President of the Republic in person. He quickly went into euphoria with a dream start, three tries in five minutes and an undisputed dominance of Montpellier, following a package of sovereign strikers.

Then, the pain and frustration came to sport with his departure by concussion protocol after a manly but correct entry of Mathieu Babillot. For an hour, impatience then prevailed in Catalan. Up to the liberating whistle.

At 11 o’clock in the evening, tears ran down his face. For good reason. The most beautiful, even: a French champion title. ” It’s hard to realize what we just did, hallucinated the most Catalan of Montpellier on the grass. It is exceptional, we mark the history of the club. I take it all out of this ending. “Even his premature replacement. In a sense, it is nothing more than the final testimony of his sense of sacrifice.

In the stands of the Stade de France, the prostitute’s first fans vibrated, trembled, and exulted in power: for Johanna, her half for fifteen years, Maylis, her 11-year-old daughter, and Elian, her 4 year old daughter. old man, this June 24th will be a blessed day. ” I couldn’t be happier, conta el castellà d’origen i català d’adopció, reunits als bancs de la universitat de Perpinyà. It was so intense. Even more so than the 2009 final he had still played with his favorite club. Maybe we would have talked about it, we weren’t really prepared for what happened. This ending is great, unexpected. »

Happiness is always greater when shared: ” It was very strong that my family and friends were there to support me, the new retiree smiled. My son had never had a chance to see me play at the Stade de France, unlike my daughter. It will keep a beautiful memory of this beautiful celebration. »

The prostitute not only played for him and his colors on Friday: “He had put a lot of pressure on himself: it was now or never, there would be no other opportunity, resumes Johanna. It was important to him that we live this moment together. Our daughter did not notice at that time. It felt like an emotional overload, it was so strong. Our son may not realize what he stands for but later we can show him the pictures and videos of the party, the party, the fireworks to remind him. He will be there. It’s great to have had this moment with him. “ Until the middle of the third part, in addition: ” They held out until 3 in the morning, anyway. »

“It came out stronger”

Before this last special session, everything had multiplied by ten within the Guirado family: determination, impatience, tension. ” I felt that emotion had won Guilhem lately. It was boiling inside. He wanted to be there. This term could not be stopped like the others. Before the match I sent him messages to tell him that if he lost he would already be beautiful and if he won it would be magnificent. »

In the euphoria of success, the man of few words dropped the mask and surrendered as seldom to the final whistle. ” I leave, with dignity, proud. (…) I had to wait thirteen years to have a second Brennus and before that I broke my teeth and cried with two lost finals (…) I never thought I could try at least one final again, or even all to a coronation. Like what, in life, you always have to put up with, push your limits, believe in your dreams. »

More than anyone, Johanna Guirado measures the scope and weight of her words. Because only she knows the behind the scenes of a high-level career, with her white periods and her black holes: ” He went through many difficult times but came out stronger. »

The aftermath of the defeats and disappointments in blue have long strained the minds of the Guirado clan: ” We put ourselves in a bubble to protect ourselves at that moment. It was a great responsibility to take on. There were very difficult phases to go through. I often wondered how I could help her straighten her head and it wasn’t easy to know what to say in these situations. Besides, you know, Guilhem is a very inner person, who doesn’t want to bother the world. But you don’t need anyone to question you. I admire him because he kept fighting and moving forward. »

“Love as you deserve”

Convinced of his destiny and faithful to his convictions, the Ceretense overcame everything: the lost battles in blue, the lack of love at the Camp Nou, injuries, a difficult past season … The outcome of the story left him honors: Everything that happened makes the ending even more beautiful, sums up Johanna. Your journey shows that when you give it your all, you end up being rewarded. »« It’s a pride to have never left him, she supports her husband. Self-sacrifice is a strong word for me. (…) I am not revenge, I am just fulfilled. I love rugby so much for everything it has brought me, that tonight I say goodbye to it in the best way possible. »

With a record worthy of the greatest, with two Brennus, a European Cup and a European Challenge. And with an undeniable aura. ” He was eager for people to come to know Guilhem as he is: that is, as someone he has never pretended to be, who is brave, brave and gives it his all without thinking. Even President Macron spoke to him. Now I think he is loved as he deserves. It is noticeable in the attitude of the people, they are happy to see it, they smile when they approach it. »

On Friday evening, no rugby fan could remain indifferent when he saw the former Blues captain brandishing the piece of wood. Whatever you may have thought in the past. On Friday, the words of this model of determination resonated in the arena of Saint-Denis: ” Very few have managed to get out the front door. The only one I know is Jonny Wilkinson. This limited pantheon has just welcomed a new honorary member. Come on in, Guilhem Guirado!

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