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Diego Armando Maradona: the ball does not stain

A popular world hero who, with the round, broke defenses and prejudices.

Diego Maradona

 Maradona  is a surname that represents Argentines on the planet. And to infinity, beyond. T-shirts in the world with his face in the way of a  Che Guevara,  homage murals in humble neighborhoods of America and Africa, “Maradonian” as an adjective of a brilliant play in any sport, and more examples can be added for an athlete who with successes, and mistakes, never forgot his humble origins “I suffered from hunger, the same thing that happens today in this country. I'm going to Fiorito and there are the same mud streets. Where we were taking the collective- 28 with my old man, crossing two kilometers of field, now it's all houses. These are stunning villas. I once wanted to get in with the car, and they recognized me. For what? You know how I turned my car back,” he recognized “El Diego” the news of his beloved Argentina, in a recent interview with  TyC Sports . This is his main merit, which can exculpate him for many of reproachable behaviors and sayings, and means conviction, and solidarity, with those who have least. Weird as lit in a world where “command the ticket,” Quino would say. Similar to another popular and controversial Argentine figure,  Evita, Maradona  irreverent the triumph, and the voice, of the dispossessed without flags “I, perhaps by the fact that I have become number one from the very bottom, I wanted to fight that those who come after me do not treat like slaves,” said an authentic  Maradona  . At 60 years the best football player all eras, according to official FIFA polls and specialized media - Corriere dello Sport - remains controversial, contradictory, but never complacent neither dominated nor defeated.

“When I was born I had hairs everywhere, then they put me Pelusa”, recalled  Diego Armando  of his very poor first years in Villa Fiorito, in the harsh city of Buenos Aires. Son of correntinos from Esquina,  Diego Maradona (1927-2015) and Dalma Salvadora “Tota” Franco (1930-2011), his first years were pastures of Lanús and Lomas de Zamora,  especially in “Las siete canchitas” There  Francisco Cornejo, the legendary coach of Los Siete Canchitas” There Francisco Cornejo  , the legendary coach of Los Cebollitas, lower divisions of  Argentinos Juniors , set it up in 1969 and start together bright seasons with 136 undefeated matches. From those years is the famous answer in a TV interview with  Maradona , “my dreams are two: first, play a World Cup; second, to leave World Champion”. The player was already a well-known figure of the environment for his demonstrations of skills in the intertime, and a recurring guest of the much-watched “ Sábados Circulares de Pipo Mancera ” on Canal 13 -channel where 35 years later Maradona would have his own show.

Its name was the murmur of the  Argentinos  swollen one afternoon on October 20, 1976. In the locker room of the home team he lost with Talleres de Córdoba, Juan Carlos Montes, the coach, “asked him what the rest of the players knew he was going to ask him,” was narrated in  El Gráfico magazine , “” Baby, are you cheering up? ”, “Yes,” the baby smiled, “Well, come in, play and the first ball you grab, will a spout”””    The little boy stood up, raised his pants to the navel because they were too long and waited for the team captain's signal to go to the field. The little boy was fifteen years old, eleven months and twenty days. It was  Diego Armando Maradona . He was the youngest player in the history of Argentine football”, concludes the story confirming that indeed the first thing he did was throw a spout at Juan Cabrera. Big campaigns in a modest capital team, with runner-up included, and to name, in the 1980 Metropolitan and National Championships  Diego  turned 43 goals in 45 matches, make it the object of desire of big teams, River first. However  Maradona  resigns money and agrees to play in  Boca Juniors,  a popular institution that had fought the relegation last season, and was practically broken. It will not be the first time that  Maradona  loses silver for fulfilling her dreams and convictions, her latest technical direction in  Gymnastics and Fencing of La Plata  is an example.

The arrival of  Maradona  revolutionizes the reality of the La Ribera team and in a tough company against the sensation team of the first eighties, Ferro Carril Oeste,  gets the Metropolitan of 1981, his only local title  “What can I complain about. I've got everything. I can share with my family this joy of the title of Boca. Argentinos didn't go to the relegation... I'm a youth champion and who tells you can repeat in Spain. I have nothing but to thank life... I was very weighed by the dollars that were paid for me. But on the court I forget everything. I prayed a lot in the morning. I asked God for Boca and Argentinos. And he had a blind confidence because he knew He was with me” said  Maradona  euphoric with the achievement, and that he joined the  title with the youth team in Japan in 1979,  and a World Cup in Spain poking with optimism. It was the “Pibe de Oro, the one worth ten palos verdes” that also saw show business and show business, and there his first intervention in the cinema together Jorge Porcel in “Te roppo el rating” (1981). Half that will have him in front of the cameras several times more, one of the best appearances in the 2007 documentary by Emir Kusturica.

Although  Diego  's hopes in Spain were high, that 1982 World Cup with poor Argentine performance, and a lagging step through Barcelona, although he reached three cups, the coveted 1983 Copa del Rey among them, brought him to Napoli in Italy in 1985. There to his usual friction with leaders, and coaches, the first problems with drug and alcohol abuse were added, as he recognizes in his autobiography “Yo soy el Diego” (2000). The best was yet to come in that displaced Italian south, who then suffered a severe crisis, and economic backwardness, in contrast to the industrialist bonanza in the north.


 Live football, live Diego Maradona 

“He's going to play it for Diego, there is  Maradona , they score it two, step on the ball Maradona, starts the genius of world football on the right, and leaves the third and he will play for Burruchaga... ”, we reproduce Victor Hugo Morales' anthological account of the second goal versus England, “Always Maradona! Genius! Genius! Genius! Ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta... Gooooool... Gooooool... I want to cry! Good God, live football! Golaaazooo! Oh, Diegoooool! Maradona! It's to cry, forgive me... Maradona, in a memorable run, in the play of all time...  Cosmic barrel ... What planet did you come from to leave so much English on the way, so that the country is a tight fist screaming for Argentina? Argentina 2 - England 0. Diegol, Diegol,  Diego Armando Maradona ... Thank God, for football, for Maradona, for these tears, for this Argentina 2 - England 0.”  France Football continues to be the best goal of the 20th century.  “ Maradona  was wrong... lacked gambetear the corner pennant,” would say a laughing Jorge Valdano, his companion on the right who asked him for the pass that never arrived, and who in 2006 gave one of the sharpest looks on them nculos between Maradona and the Argentines, “at the time  Maradona  retired from active football, he left Argentina traumatized. Maradona was more than a great footballer. It was - was it? - an extraordinary factor of compensation for a country that in a few years experienced various military dictatorships and social frustrations of all kinds”

Not only did  Maradona  's spectacular sports rebound in the second half of the eighties influenced national coach Carlos Salvador Bilardo but also a victorious present in Italian lands. First was a third place in the 1985/86 season and that resulted in an aralladora march, winning two Italian championships (1987 and 1990), a Italian Cup (1987), a UEFA Cup (1989) and an Italian Super Cup (1990). Personal life also seemed to smile at him, even though problems with extramarital children and allegations of harassment began, and he marries his teenage girlfriend  Claudia Villafañe , mother of his two daughters  Dalma and Gianina , at a massive wedding at Luna Park in 1989.

“I always hurt the case of -Guillermo- Vilas,” he talked to José Luis Barrio a few days before he  became World Champion in Mexico 86,  “Now he recognizes it, when he is thirty-peak and he is fighting, why not before? Because we messed with that he was Carolina's boyfriend, who played guitar, making poetry... people who make us happy you have to always enjoy them, not wait for him to die or grow old, and of course I don't mean Maradona. We always find the best ones outside... rest assured that the great tribute to  Borges  is going to be done now -N. de R. had just died in Geneva; I remember that I heard one day  Tita Merello talking about Gardel  : she said she was going to see her and seven more. Of course he died in an accident, and then yes, we made him a freak. Argentines are always destroying each other,” he reflected in one of his best versions as an opinologist, and in his best football year.

After a scandalous departure from Napoli, due to a positive doping, and a little happy step through Buenos Aires, where he is arrested for drugs, he returns to football in Spanish Seville. Little hard due to problems with the leadership and reinstates again in Argentina at  Newell's Old Boys in Rosario , despite the efforts of San Lorenzo de Almagro. His lack of preparation was notorious in 1993 but he is called on the national team to face a distressing qualifying repechage against Australia. He begins a new World Cup Dream in America 94 with a promising start but another positive doping, the famous “cut my legs”, and turns out his farewell with the celestial and white where he played 91 matches since 1977, turned 34 goals, was champion and  runner-up in Italy 90,  and above all, it was with those colors on his chest that he eternally entered the memory of the Argentines. Many years later the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) admitted that the amount of ephedrine found in  Maradona  's blood was not enough to be considered doping. Afternoon.


 The long and winding march of the lonely genius 

In the mid-1990s, while the English University of Oxford honors  Diego  by giving him the title of “inspiring teacher of dreamers students”, his footballer career began to enter his past afflicted by repeated injuries. Boca with the direction of Silvio Marzolini, his coach in the 1981 championship, and Héctor Veira try to channel the idol that came to training in a blue Scania 360 truck, model 113 H, so that journalists “won't hang from his car to make notes”  His last match official is October 25, 1997 , just over twenty years after the debut, against River Plate, and is replaced by another Boquense idol, Juan Román Riquelme, now distanced although he participated in the delayed farewell match of “D10s” in 2001. Times of a professional life without glitters, coupled with his faded steps in the technical direction of Deportivo Mandiyú and Racing Club, do not diminish popular worship and on October 30, 1998 the Maradonian Church was founded in Rosario and which, over the years, expanded to different corners in the country and abroad. They have the Ten Commandments about Maradona and prayers dedicated to Diego. They also celebrate Easter on June 22, the day of English goals in 1986, and Christmas on October 30.

Also the musicians begin to dedicate songs to him, Rodrigo, who performed the song “La mano de Dios”, in memory of the first goal with his hand to the English in 1986, Los Piojos with “Maradó”, the French Mano Negra with “Santa Maradona”, Andrés Calamaro with “Maradona & rdquo;, Claudio Gabis and Charly Garcia with “Maradona Blues”, The Paranoid Rice with “Forever Diego”, Los Cafres with the emotional “Captain Pelusa”, Grandfather's Pills with “What is God? ”, among others “La pelota does not stain”, praised by César Luis Menotti as the most beautiful prayer dedicated in love for football, “Pity, no one”, “The turtle escaped” or “You have it inside”, phrases of the genius repentist Maradonian, comparable to his Magic left-handed, they become part of the popular language.  Maradona is already a legend .

The new millennium finds it with more rehabilitation clinics, the most remembered in Cuba by the hand of his admired  Fidel Castro , separation from the wife, more children, and trials with family and representatives. With a brief background as  Boca manager, he returns to professional football with no less than the direction of the  Argentina national team in South Africa 2010 and reaches the quarterfinals due to a humiliating thrashing with Germany. In recent years, he was technical director of  Al Wasl FC Dubai (2011-12), Deportivo Riestra (2013-14), Al Fujairah SC of the Arab Emirates (2017-18), president of the Dinamo Brest club in Belarus (2018) and coach of Dorados de Sinaloa (2019) , from the second category of the fu Mexican football, where he carries out his best campaign at the bank so far.

“It's a black tunnel that everyone dares to talk about,”  Maradona told Spaniard Jesus Quinteros  about success, “But most were not there, because success is not many. There is a big difference between small and big success. It's a very ugly loneliness. When you are in this tunnel, you have to try to have the necessary balance to know how to get out” in what seems like a struggle that  Maradona  tries to give every morning, with sensationalist news that does not decline in these pandemic months. Diego Armando Maradona died on November 25, 2020 in Tigre, a town of Buenos Aires.

“I felt spoiled in my country,” said  El Diego  in the days of glory and calm, “For the people of my country, not for the power of my country. I was spoiled by the football people in my country, first of all, and then by all the people. Because they saw that I have no need to kill anyone to make them laugh, to give them a football, sporting joy.” That's your biggest legacy, Captain Fluff.

Sources: Maradona, D.  I am Diego . Planet: Buenos Aires. 2000; Maradona,  Mexico City 86. My World Cup, my truth. That's how we won the Cup  .   Planet: Buenos Aires. 2016;;

Publication Date: 30/10/2020

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