Stay up to date with notifications from The Independent

Notifications can be managed in browser preferences.

Real Sociedad employ homeless man who slept outside La Liga club's stadium

'Ruben' had slept in the doorway of the Basque club's Anoeta Stadium with his dog Mundo for the last eight months

Mark Critchley
Thursday 27 October 2016 10:16 BST
Comments
Real Sociedad's home ground, the Anoeta Stadium
Real Sociedad's home ground, the Anoeta Stadium (Getty)

Real Sociedad have offered a job to a homeless man who has been sleeping outside the club’s stadium.

The man, known only as 'Ruben', and his dog Mundo have been homeless on the streets of San Sebastian for three years, and have slept in the doorway of the Anoeta Stadium for the last eight months.

The 35-year-old has now, according to Marca, been employed as part of the Basque club’s ground maintenance team.

“I thought they were such good people,” Ruben told Marca. “After so much time, hope is lost.”

Ruben has agreed an initial two-month contract, which is set to be extended if he impresses while working at Sociedad.

The club’s latest recruit, who previously survived off the generosity of those at the nearby Amara Berri Public College, has already managed to find a room and put a roof over Mundo’s head.

Real Sociedad's Inigo Martinez in action against Real Madrid's Gareth Bale (Getty)

Real Sociedad have made a promising start to the La Liga season and currently sit in seventh place, following a 3-0 win over Alaves on Saturday.

Ruben will have to be on top form as he begins work on the Anoeta Stadium. The next two clubs to visit will be title contenders Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.

Join our commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in