Osvaldo Alonso left in 2008 and is now a star with the Seattle Sounders, and Maykel Galindo left in 2005 and has been a top player for Chivas USA and FC Dallas.
The defections have hurt Cuba’s national team, but haven’t dampened interest in the Spanish game.
“Barcelona is my team, and football is my passion but I also love baseball,” said 25-year-old Dany Reses, wearing Xavi’s No. 6 shirt as he attended a baseball game recently between Cuban clubs Matanzas and Industriales, both of which have booked places in the playoffs.
“I don’t think there is a rivalry between football and baseball. Cubans like all sports, particularly when they are top quality.”
That would mean Real Madrid vs. Barcelona.
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