Asier Villalibre, the «buffalo» who puts Athletic music

Javier AsprónJavier Asprón

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Asier Villalibre, (Guernica, 23 years old), was one of the undisputed protagonists of the final of the Super Cup. First, for scoring in the 90th minute the goal that took the game to extra time and filled the future champion with oxygen. Later, for suffering the blow from the back of Leo Messi that cost the Argentine a direct red, the first in 723 games as a Barça player. “I put the body in him and he got angry,” the striker simply summarized. Finally, he monopolized the spotlight when animating the party of the Athletic in the center of the field of La Cartuja trumpet in hand, an instrument that he wanted to learn to play after attending a friend’s rehearsal and that helped him enter the band with the greatest honors «Orsai», the group in which his companions De Marcos, Balenziaga, Lekue and Vesga also play and make pineapple. There, Villalibre also sings, and although it started as entertainment, they do not rule out taking the van and touring the towns of the Basque Country covering their favorite songs, especially those of Fito. His other hobby is FIFA, a video game in which he has become an expert and where he has generated an extensive community of followers beyond football.

Nicknamed the “Buffalo” for his extraordinary physical condition, the bearded forward has finally managed to establish himself in Athletic as the successor of Aduriz, who blessed him as heir by giving him his number when he retired. On his way to the first team he went through up to three assignments (Numancia, Valladolid and Lorca) and he needs to explode in front of the goal as he did in the subsidiary. Marcelino has already set about that task.

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