I was privileged to know Rachid for more than 30 years. We met on the soccer field as competitors, Rachid standing out as the best player on a team that struggled to keep up with his skill and talent. For the past 20 years or so, Rachid and I played together in various leagues and tournaments. He was a great soccer player but he was an even better person. People gravitated toward Rachid as he was a natural leader. The last time I saw him before he passed (a month before), he spoke of his retirement plans and the hope of a return to “normal” life after Covid. The world lost a shining light and I’ll always remember my good friend as someone who was larger than life. Rest in peace buddy!