The street was filled with people as they sang and chanted Puerta's name, honoring the soccer player who died in 2007.
The soccer match between Manchester United and Sevilla was an emotional moment for fans all around the world. It certainly was very emotional for late soccer player Antonio Puerta's father as thousands of fans turned up outside the late soccer player's home chanting his name. The moment was caught on video and posted on Twitter by @GoodNewsCorres1. The street can be seen filled with people as they are singing and chanting Puerta's name. The father looks over the crowd from the window of his house and is visibly overwhelmed with emotions.
He starts clapping as the crowd is singing and lifts his hand to show his support to the gathered fans. The caption of this viral video reads, "A beautiful display of solidarity: Ahead of this week's important Sevilla FC Europa League match, streets filled with fans singing to the father of Sevilla's soccer star son Antonio Puerta, who died in 2007 from a cardiac arrest. Humans are beautiful!"
Antonio Puerta represented the Spanish soccer club Sevilla since he was eight years old. It was apparently his goal against Schalke in 2006 that led the club to their first-ever European final, according to Bleacher Report. Unfortunately, just two months after winning the Spanish Cup and three months after winning the UEFA Cup final against Espanyol, Puerta suffered multiple heart attacks in the match against Getafe at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on August 25, 2007.
A beautiful display of solidarity: Ahead of this week's important Sevilla FC Europa League match, streets filled with fans singing to the father of Sevilla's soccer star son Antonio Puerta, who died in 2007 from a cardiac arrest. Humans are beautiful!pic.twitter.com/OK5KzquwqR— GoodNewsCorrespondent (@GoodNewsCorres1) April 23, 2023
He died in the hospital just three days later at the age of 22. Jose Maria del Nido, the then-president of the club, told Reuters at the time, “From now on, Sevilla will be invincible because the spirit of Antonio Puerta will be with us always. Our opponents had better start denouncing us because from now on we will be playing with 12 players.”
On April 20 this year, Sevilla won against Manchester United with a score of 3-0, securing a place in the semi-finals. The players celebrated with the fans in the stands after the match, per Football Espana. Lucas Ocampos, the winger for Sevilla, told Estadio Portivo, “It’s the most magical night I’ve experienced in my four years at Pizjuan. It’s a magical night for everyone, a sensation of impressive enjoyment and immense joy for everyone."
“It was an impressive feeling -when I scored and celebrated- one of the most beautiful moments. The entire stadium is in white. It was an almost goal. When they disallowed it, I didn’t care, I knew that the team was going to continue. It was an impressive dynamic, I knew that today we would eat them and so it was.”
Sevilla don't stop 💪— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) April 24, 2023
En-Nesyri scored a 93rd-minute winner on the weekend 😮#UEL pic.twitter.com/V6eHDEnhbp
Youssef En-Nesyri, the striker for the club, has been called the star of the game. He expressed his joy by saying, “I have never seen an atmosphere like this in my life. Only in the derby, but this is more than in the derby. We have to continue like this, together, if we continue like this we will achieve more victories and go far.” Erik Lamela, another Sevilla player, said after the win, “It was a great game. I’m very happy. It is crazy to play in this atmosphere that was experienced in the stands. What more could you want? As a football player, it’s the best.”