It was really a fairy tale ending to Jonas Gutierrez’ career on Tyneside, and as well as always being a popular player in the dressing room, Jonas has been fighting testicular cancer for a couple of years and he’s come out on top and won his battle against the disease.
And to be honest, he’s been an inspiration to the team all year – and yesterday he was our Man of the Match with 64% of the vote, as the 31 year-old Argentine made one and scored one in yesterday’s game against the Hammers, to give Newcastle a great win that saved us from relegation.
Jonas surrounded by players after scoring after 85 minutes
Jonas has quickly become a legend this year for what he’s done both on and off the field, and Alan Shearer praised Jonas on BBC Sport after the game:
“Jonas Gutierrez scoring at the end is a fantastic story,” “If there is one guy who really works his socks off it’s Jonas, and he was doing it in my time at the club too.”
“After all he has been through, I know how much that goal will mean to him today.” “He has shown incredible commitment to the club.”
Gutierrez has been at Newcastle since the summer of 2008, and has played 205 times with 12 goals and got a goal with just five minutes to go in his Newcastle career.
Jonas has been fantastic for us this year, and he has shown real commitment and drive for us in every game he has played.
But when you have survive and beat cancer, it has a profound effect on the individual – and certainly you are more positive and have new priorities, and you know what’s really important in life.
Jonas has been a wonderful example of that over the last five months on Tyneside – and he’s a real hero – and now undoubtedly a Newcastle legend for the ages.
He’s such a great guy.