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Ter Stegen, in the name of the grandfather

Ter Stegen, in Barcelona’s last game at the Camp Nou.AFP7 via Europa Press / Europa Press

I was waiting for him at the school gate with a cupcake to take him to training at the Borussia Mönchengladbach quarry. So every day, until Marc André Ter Stegen was able to get his license to drive his scooter. “Grandfather”, said the current Barça goalkeeper; “From now on I’m going to go alone to train.” Resigned, he accepted his grandson’s decision. “But when it rained he would call me to take me away. I couldn’t say no to him ”, remembers Ter Stegen. “He was always there to support me and take care of me in my career. He never pressured me, ”adds the German goalkeeper. His grandfather, whenever he can, visits him in Barcelona. No private flights or first class seats. Take your suitcase and look for a low cost. You don’t let your grandson pay you anything. “It’s a cultural issue, but it also allows you to tell him what you think. She is not afraid that Marc will be angry. It is not financially dependent on him. It is the same relationship as always: of affection and peace ”, they say from the goalkeeper’s environment.

The connection with his grandfather is precisely the symbol of what Ter Stegen seeks in relationships. He keeps his lifelong friends close: he has a strong bond with Mario Götze and Marco Reus, fellow youth from Germany, he keeps the same agent as always and takes refuge in his wife and son. He talks little about football with all of them. Or almost nothing. “It may be that I have a life that is too monotonous or boring. But it is what he needs ”, say those who know him. And it is essentially what you are looking for: peace of mind.

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Before an important commitment, he forgets the telephone and asks not to do commercial acts. Few more momentous weeks for the German goalkeeper than this one. Ronald Koeman was already playing it against Levante at the Camp Nou, before visiting Benfica this Wednesday (9:00 pm, Movistar) and traveling to the Metropolitan on Saturday.

The duel against Atlético saves, for the German, an implicit burden in his fight for the best goalkeeper in the League. As was also the match against Bayern Munich, in the quarterfinals of the Champions League in 2020, the last time Ter Stegen stepped on Da Luz, a field to which he returns tonight. In Germany, special attention was paid to goals that night. Nothing new in the pulse between Neuer and Ter Stegen. But Barça took a beating from Lisbon (2-8) and a few days after the win against Bayern, Ter Stegen underwent surgery for a problem in his right knee.

This summer he had to visit the surgeon again. He missed the Eurocup and reappeared on matchday 3 against Getafe. He has five games and has conceded five goals, three no less than against Bayern. Again, in the spotlight before the German giant.

For this reason, Ter Stegen is looking forward to the next national team break. New coach —Hans-Dieter Flick took over from Joachim Löw—, new dynamics within the Mannschaft. The German goalkeeper seeks prominence in Germany, as well as in the Barça dressing room.

Called to be one of the leaders of the squad, Ter Stegen was left out of the captains quartet. Busquets, Piqué, Sergi Roberto and Jordi Alba, Catalan and trained at La Masia, were chosen. Nobody, however, ignores the personality of the German, one of the few to recognize his differences with Leo Messi. “Although from time to time we do not share the same opinion, we always went in the same direction,” he was sincere in his farewell message to 10. However, he was moved by the act of farewell to Rosario at the Camp Nou. Messi always respected Ter Stegen, whom he used to look for to hug after each duel.

The weight of the German is not less in the dressing room, nor in Barcelona. Renewed by Josep Maria Bartomeu until 2025. By then, Ter Stegen would have been at the Barça club for 11 years. Although he left the Eixample neighborhood, in the center, to move to Castelldefels, it is not strange that the doorman returns for a walk to the city. In fact, his link with Barcelona transcends the sporting and the sentimental. The first investment he made, beyond real estate, was in a bicycle start-up, Kleta, dedicated to the monthly subscription for personal use in Barcelona. “I like a healthy life and I fight for sustainability. When I lived in the city, I moved around on a scooter or by bicycle ”, explains Ter Stegen, who invested around 400,000 euros.

He swapped the scooter for the bicycle, but he keeps his grandfather close. Ter Stegen embraces the tranquility, while looking for his revenge in Lisbon and his opportunity in the German team.

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