In a portrait dedicated to the Spanish leader, France Football recounts the delicate attention that Pablo Longoria, the president of OM, had for Paul Baysse, seriously injured at the end of last season.
Pablo Longoria is known to be a passionate leader, and it is not the anecdote told by France Football in its latest edition that will prove the contrary. As the magazine reports, the president of OM paid very special attention to Paul Baysse, defender of the Girondins de Bordeaux, who suffered a cruciate ligament rupture last May.
The meeting between the two men took place on January 7, during the match between Bordeaux and Marseille at Matmut Atlantique in Ligue 1 (0-1). Injured, Baysse was not in the Girondins group, but he wanted to meet Longoria to thank him. The reason ? Six months earlier, the Spanish leader sent him a handwritten letter to show his support following his serious injury.
« Baysse was completely hallucinating »
The two men have never worked together and do not know each other. It’s just a habit that Longoria picked up. « It’s a rule introduced by Pablo, told an employee of the Marseille club to France Football. He wants us to be on standby in case a player is injured, has to deal with a hard blow or something else negative. Few no matter who, championship or nationality, Pablo wants to send a little something to everyone. »
For Baysse, the surprise didn’t stop there. While the defender did not know if Longoria was going to recognize him, the latter immediately plugged him into surfing, their common passion. « He started to tell him that he was surfing in the same places as him. Paul Baysse was completely hallucinating that he knew all that about him », continues a witness of the scene to the magazine.
Hyperactive, Longoria makes it a point of honor to get to know as many players as possible. In its columns, France Football reports another similar scene, experienced, this time, by Charles Kaboré. Present at the Vélodrome last November, the former Olympian (2007-2013) is convinced that Longoria has no idea of his identity. It was without knowing the president of OM… “Of course I know you, Charles! Since the U20 Africa Cup in Congo-Brazzaville! » A monster, this Pablo Longoria.