Carmen, a widower since 2007, had co-signed a 40,000 euro ($49,561) loan for her only son Luis Jimenez Martinez when he lost his job four years ago. After the family was unable to make payments, they received their first eviction notice last month because the house she had lived in for the majority of her life was put up as collateral.
After Carmen's story spread beyond Spain's boarders, it didn't take long before someone stepped in. Enter Rayo Vallecano, a humble first division club from the same Madrid district where this story unfolded.
On Saturday morning, the club announced through manager Paco Jemez' pre-match press conference that they would do everything they could to help Carmen, including paying her rent for the rest of her life.