Andrés Iniesta, the Barcelona midfielder and majority shareholder of Albacete Balompie, has sent an open letter to the press, calling for the public to prevent the club from going out of business.
Iniesta's plea is part of a wider campaign to encourage people to buy shares in the club and increase its capital. This is the third capital increase the club has launched, after it raised just 17,000 euros at the first two attempts. 3.7 million euros is needed to stop the club going out of business.
Iniesta explained in the letter that he and his family were "trying to help the club as much as possible".
"As you will all know, Albacete was my boyhood club, where I started playing football and where I began dreaming about being a footballer," he wrote.
He explained he wrote the letter to "encourage everyone who has ever been involved in the club - former players, fans, businesses and institutions" to invest in the club to "safeguard the future of this historic club".
"I also want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been helping out and supporting Albacete. The country is going through a very difficult time economically and we'll only be able to get through it if everyone who is capable of doing something makes an effort."
Albacete-born journalist Pedro Piqueras has also written an open letter, asking people to save "the team of Juanito, Santi, Molina, José Antonio Camacho, and above all, Andrés Iniesta."
304 shares have been bought in the three days since the club launched the third capital increase, raising 18,240 euros, more than in the first two attempts combined.