January 2, 2005
The year in which
Maradona came back to life
When the clock stroke
midnight, Maradona left behind 12 intense months in which his new relapse into
addiction was, with no doubt, the news that shocked the world.
Connected to a respirator and in bad conditions, in
April he suffered a respiratory failure which, together with other diseases,
forced him to stay in a hospital for three months.
This sad event however also proved to be useful as he
understood that he would react against the hell of drug addiction, and, even
more, confirmed that the love of his fans is still intact. To prove this, let
us just remember that hundreds of fans gathered in front of the Buenos Aires
clinic where he was fighting against death, such as if the clinic was a
The pages of the calendar will also say that after his stay in the
hospital there was a long silence with no news about him, a trip to the oasis
that he loves most (Cuba) and a comeback to Argentina. This tour allowed him
to meet his greatest loves: his daughters and Boca Juniors, which won the Copa Sudamericana
after a bad year of football failures. He was the main guest in the majestic Bombonera
These days he went to watch tennis matches in Buenos
Aires, participated in photo campaigns for charity and declared that he feels
"like a 18-year-old boy" because he lives at his parents' who are "taking care
of me and cuddling me all day long". In the meanwhile, the eternal "number 10"
keeps fighting against the ghost that for a while took him away from life. Let
us hope that the story will have a happy ending, as happy as the moment of
that goal he scored in Mexico for the whole world.