The first anniversary of the death of Diego Armando Maradona and a very special memory is that of Lionel Messi, who referred to the remembered Diez, who knew how to direct him in the Argentine national team between 2008 and 2010. In the interview that La Pulga gave with the newspaper Mark, evoked the memory of the 1986 world champion captain in Mexico, who was also one of his idols.
First he regretted that Diego could not see the crowning of the Albiceleste team in the last Copa América, where the Albiceleste cut a 28-year drought without titles. “It seems incredible that a year has already passed and it also seems on purpose that just when he is not there, Argentina after so many years, is once again champion”, Assured Leo.
“The truth is that the feeling is strange, it’s like not believing. Always thinking that at some point you will see it on TV, in an interview or giving your opinion about something. A lot of time passed and it seems that it was yesterday when it happened ”, confessed the Rosario star who referred in a meaningful tone when referring to Maradona.
“The truth is that I will always keep the best memories that I was lucky enough to share with him,” added La Pulga.
Maradona had a close relationship with Messi when he was in charge of the Argentine team and, beyond that stage and some distances, there was always respect and mutual affection between them. In fact, when Diego passed away, Leo paid him a heartfelt tribute playing for Barcelona when he scored a goal and celebrated it by wearing a 1993 Newell’s shirt, when the remembered Diez played for the Rosario team. At that time, in fact, the Rosario, who was just a child, knew how to approach the Colossus of Independence Park to see him play live.
Leo also had to live with constant comparisons with Maradona. Despite running with that backpack on his back, Messi made his own way in the Argentine national team, where he broke many records and is the maximum reference.
But it was Maradona himself who expressed his joy at Leo’s various milestones in his campaign such as his World Cup debut. In Germany 2006, when Messi entered the game against Serbia, the official broadcast camera captured Diego in the rostrum with his arms raised and expressing his joy at the premiere of La Pulga, who even scored a goal and from the right in the win 6-0.
Messi also always remembered things he learned from Diego such as the subject of free kicks. It was in the preview of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa when the then DT observed him kick and came over to give him advice on how to perfect his executions. It was a before and after as over the years the current PSG striker became a specialist in stopped ball and every time he stands in front of a barrier there is a high probability of a goal.
The point is not who was better or what one or the other did, the Argentine public should focus on the fact that they had the possibility of having these two great figures in their selection and that they could enjoy them as in the case of Diego and that there are still some chapters missing. for writing on behalf of Leo, the most important in the long term, the next World Cup in Qatar 2022 where he will seek to lift the coveted cup.
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