What a fantastic "fiesta"
In a full Bombonera, Diego played again wearing the "camiseta 10"
of Argentina. He also scored two goals on penalties. For the
International Stars there were Francescoli, Riquelme,
Stoichkov, Careca, Ferrara and Valderrama among the others. The final
result was 6-3, with goals by López, Aimar (2), Maradona (2), and Castromán. Suker, Cantoná
and Higuita, on penalty,
scored for the Stars. Pelé was also at the Bombonera to attend the
match. A real "fiesta". More than 50.000 people were at the Bombonera,
and it was a great day with high emotion. At the beginning, the first
tears, when Diego entered the field with his daughters Dalma
and Giannina and with one of his nephews. After Diego, there were in a
line all the Argentina team and the International Stars. "Diegoooo,
Diegooooo", the people were singing at the Bombonera.
Diego kissed his
daughters and with some tears on his face went to greet his wife Claudia
and his parents Don Diego and Doña Tota.Then it was time to introduce
the players, but the fans were only thinking of Maradona and the chorus "Diegoooo,
Diegooooo" was becoming stronger and stronger.
The party started a few
minutes before 3pm,
with the songs played by Los Piojos and by Los Ratones Paranóicos. Both
groups playes their songs dedicated to Maradona: "Maradó" and "Para
siempre Diego". Then, it was time for the Argentina national anthem sung
by Luciano Pereyra and by the whole Bombonera, with the players already
on the field.
Bu the real event was the match... it started at 4pm. The Selección Argentina,
led by Marcelo Bielsa, with Diego as captain, plays against a team of
International Stars, with Francescoli, Riquelme,
Stoichkov, Careca, Ferrara, Valderrama among the others.
Argentina won 6-3, but the result did not matter at all... people just
enjoyed the fiesta. Anyway, we must underline the good performance by Francescoli, Riquelme,
the great goal by Davor Suker, and the entertainment given by the
colombian goalkeeper René Higuita who did his famous "scorpion move" and
received the celebration from the whole stadium.
Diego? He always asked
for the ball and played a lot in the game, giving a couple of great
passes and a few great goal chances for López. Of course, Diego does not
have anymore the physical skill needed to play at high levels, but his
talent is still intact and the touch of his left foot always magic.
But Diego socred the goals, both on penalties. He shot both tims in the
same way, soft, with high class, near the left post. The legend René Higuita
went to the other side both times. Gol de Maradona! And a long-awaited
celebration: he took his Argentina jersey off and started spinning it
over his head and then... the surprise... below he had the Boca jersey,
the one he received from Riquelme, with the number 10. "Diegoooo,
Diegooooo", started again and was a continuous chorus until the end
of the match.
The party finished in the same way it had started: with real emotion.
Fireworks, more songs and Diego who, after crying in front of the Boca
fans, resumed playing again for HIS people. There was such a high
emotion that many of the other players who were there started crying.
For football, for the happiness, for this emotional match... Gracias, Diego.