Photo: Fans Say Final Goodbye to Soccer Legend Salvador Reyes at Omnilife Stadium
Fans had an opportunity to say a final goodbye to legendary Guadalajara and Mexican national soccer team player Salvador Reyes, who died last week from colon cancer, at a memorial service in this western Mexican city.
Some 300 relatives, friends and fans turned out for the memorial service on Monday organized by the Guadalajara soccer club.
The 76-year-old Reyes died last Friday after battling cancer for several months.
Reyes’s coffin was brought into Omnilife stadium as a mariachi band played the popular tune “Guadalajara.”
Fans applauded and cried as they watched the coffin being brought on the field.
Reyes was later cremated following a private ceremonies and his ashes will be interred in the family crypt.
Reyes was the all-time scorer for the Chivas and played in three World Cups.
He suited up for the Chivas from 1957 to 1967, helping the team win seven of its eight titles, with four titles coming in 1958-1959 and 1961-1962.
Reyes scored 122 goals for Guadalajara and was the team leader in goals in the 1960-1961 season.
He played for Guadalajara from 1953-1967, then he suited up for the Los Angeles Toros from 1967-1968, Santos Laguna in 1968-1969 and San Luis in 1969-1972.
The forward played in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, the 1962 World Cup in Chile and the 1966 World Cup in England, playing in all the matches for Mexico.
Reyes later coached five different teams from 1969 to 1988.