Sad news for all sports and football fans in particular. Aged only 57, the former professional footballer Jean-Luc Ribar left us this Thursday, March 17 according to information from the regional newspaper Progress. Became famous after playing for more than 12 years in the elite of the French championship, the native of Roanne (Loire) played in several renowned clubs throughout his career which spanned from 1983 to 1995. information from Progrès, Jean-Luc Ribar would be died suddenly, without it being known that they were the causes of his death. For the past ten years he had converted and ran several cleaning companies in his hometown of Roanne.
He will leave an important trace in the memory of the supporters of Saint-Étienne, the club in which he remained for five years for more than 120 matches. A talented attacking midfielder with an elegant style, he had to end his career at just 30 due to bilateral coxarthrosis, which affects the hip joint. “I discovered that, I was 27. I was still able to finish my contract with Rennes. I could have continued a little bit. Physically, apart from this hip problem, I was not at the end of the roller. But unfortunately I had no choice, I was declared unfit for football”he explained in January 2021 in Progress.
A beautiful tribute to Saint-Étienne tonight
After his notable stint with the Greens, Jean-Luc Ribar wore the jersey of Lille and Quimper before ending his career with Rennes. Never selected for the France team, he had nevertheless known the hopes 7 times at the start of his career. Remained in the hearts of the Stéphanois, the latter will pay tribute to him during their match this Friday against Troyes. A minute of silence will be observed before kick-off and the Saint-Étienne players will also wear a black armband in honor of the former club player.