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In the history of mankind, there are many exceptional men who created happiness and enthusiasm. One of these men is the Moroccan figure Larbi Ben Barek called the Black Pearl... Lhaj larbi
was born on June 16th 1914, in the economic capital of Morocco (Casablanca). He was the first player to bear the nickname of the "Black Pearl". Larbi began his career
with a local club. Aged 17 years old, Larbi
was a carpenter . He loved to practise all kinds of sports. As a teenager, like any other boy, he loved football ,
but the only constraint was his brother who prevented him from practising his
One day, two foreigners watched the incredible skills
of Larbi; they invited him to join the USM Club. To be a great athlete
, Ben Barek worked hard. After a short time, the renowned French Club
of Marseille signed a contract with Larbi. It was his first experience in Europe, he was 20 at this time. After one season, Larbi became
the star of Marseille; he was also invited to participate
with the national team of France. Thanks to Larbi, the team of France won with
flying colours. Unfortunately, his career was interrupted by the on set of
the World War. Larbi decided to return to Casablanca near his family, but it was
not the end of his career. He was soon back to his best with (Stade Francais FC)
,and then in Spain with one of the biggest clubs in the world (Atletico Madrid). After
he moved to this club, the supporters of Paris
organized protesting marches during which some slogans displayed << sell
the Eiffel tower but don't sell Ben Barek>>. It was in Spain- the country of bullfighting, Flamenco, and of course
football- in Madrid exactly, that Larbi and his wife Louisette knew their moments of happiness. During this period, the couple lived an intense joy.The
success of Larbi with Atletico gave him a
lot of respect, fame and recognition.
Ben Barek is still considered one of the world's
best players. Larbi died in silence in September, 1992 in his home country leaving a
fingerprint /" toeprint" that will always sparkle in
the history of football.