At Rayo Vallecano, Everything Should Stay Exactly How It Is
Carmen had to stay. Because at Rayo Vallecano, everything must remain as it is. In November 2014, the club were on world news when the then 85-year-old Carmen Martínez was prevented from being evicted from her house next to the stadium in the Madrid working-class district of Vallecas. Due to the initiative by Rayo Vallecano coach Paco Jémez, the club raised 21,000 euros and the elderly widow could breathe a sigh of relief. Three months later, Martínez transferred 10,000 euros to the relatives of former Rayo goalkeeper Wilfred Agbonavbare, who died of cancer at the age of 48 just before that. She said they needed the money more than she did.