The former Marseille and Lyon goalkeeper agreed to react after the announcement of the death, at only 49 years old, of Christophe Revault.
He knew the admiration the latter had for him.
Listening to Pascal Olmeta, the post-career of many footballers can prove to be delicate.
How did you react to the news of the death of Christophe Revault?
It was a great shock and above all a great sadness when I learned about it.
Honestly, it's much too young to leave like this.
I obviously remembered what he was telling me.
That I was his model that I was his idol.
Of course that flattered me, but each time I told him that we were all part of the same family.
That of the guards.
And that there were special links between us.
But I know he adores me, sorry he adored me.
He told me every time we passed each other on a field.
He was a really good guy.
What would you like to add?
What makes me a little sad today is that you have to wait for a guy like that to disappear to remember how endearing he was.
I also felt the same thing during the death of Bruno Martini
(Editor's note: died October 20, 2020).
This is often how it is with former players or artists.
Remember when an actor who has not been seen for a long time dies, we remember how much we loved him.
But it's too late.
It must be said that the post-career is very complicated.
Is that what happened to Revault?
I do not know precisely the story of Christophe with whom I did not have, unfortunately, too many relations for some time but whom I would have loved to meet again. But you still have to stop believing that a footballer, when he stops his career, does not suffer. I'm not talking about those who have largely been able to put money aside for a living, but I know many who sometimes find themselves with nothing and fall into some sort of addiction. Often the middle doors close afterwards. I insist, I don't know what it is about Christophe's story, but guys who have completely plunged after their career, I unfortunately know plenty. It's still incredible to say that footballers that we adored we then completely forgot ...