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Football Star Maradona

Football Star Maradona

Sport
27 November 2020, 14:01 157
        All Argentines and football lovers around the world are very sad. The three days of national mourning decreed by President Fernández will not be enough to pay tribute to Diego Armando Maradona.
        On November 25, the best soccer player of all time and a unique global icon of late-twentieth-century culture, died at the age of 60 at his home in Tigre, near Buenos Aires.
        He was born in Lanús in 1960, and was raised in a modest neighborhood called Villa Fiorito. Since he was a child he stood out with the ball and at the age of 10 he signed for the Argentinos Juniors club, where he made his debut in the First Division at the age of 16. Then he shone at Boca Juniors for a few years and continued his career in Europe, first in Barcelona and afterwards in 1984 in Napoli where he won two championships and became a myth for that city and for Italian football. Napoli and Buenos Aires cry together today.
          In total, Diego played 679 games, scored 345 goals and won 12 titles. In the national team he played 91 games, celebrated 34 goals and was world champion in Mexico 1986 and runner-up in Italy 1990.
         During the World Cup in Mexico 86 he reached his best moment as an athlete and led the Argentine team to obtain the Championship. He scored five goals in that World cup, but we all remember the two goals to England. The first one, which was summarized in the phrase "the hand of God", that Maradona made immortal after the game. The second goal is the most repeated play in the history of the sport, a masterpiece of an unparalleled skill. The best play ever seen, achieved in the quarterfinals of the most important football competition and against England, four years after the confrontation by the Malvinas Islands. Every Argentine who saw that game remembers where and with whom he was, as one of those few occasions in life that we feel that our personal destiny, and also our collective future, will change for a lifetime.
        The scene, repeated so many times on television, was summarized in a brief comment by the writer Hernán Casciari "10.6 seconds”: "Progress seems fast due to optical illusion, but the player regulates the pace, slows down and cheats. There is a secret geometry in the precision of that zigzag, a rigor that would have been broken by a change in the wind or the reflection of a wristwatch from the stands. (...) The player knows that he has taken forty-four steps and twelve touches, all with his left foot. He knows that the play will last ten seconds and six tenths. Then he thinks that it is time to explain to everyone who he is, who he has been and who he will be until the end of time ”.
        Maradona has left us, the man prone to controversy and excesses, who gave us a few witty phrases. Newspapers around the world report the farewell offered today by the most powerful leaders and the most modest citizens.
       Diego, the sportsman, the immortal genius of dribbling and unmatched with the ball, remains in our hearts and minds.
 
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Argentina to Azerbaijan Sergio Pérez Gunella