From their official accounts on social networks, Newell’s Old Boys recalled the arrival of Diego Armando Maradona to Leprosy, an unforgettable moment that happened exactly 27 years ago.
Pelusa had had problems in his departure from Sevilla, back in July of that 1993. There was a punching fight with Carlos Bilardo included, a door slammed and a sudden return to Buenos Aires. On his arrival he received a call from Jorge Solari, coach of the Rosario team at that time. The DT received the help of Gringo Giusti, Gerardo Martino and Gringo Scoponi to convince Ten, according to the same protagonists. Argentinos Juniors and San Lorenzo were the rivals who also looked for the servant in Fiorito.
After some requests such as a change in the training schedule and a raise to the awards of his new teammates, Diego signed a contract on September 9 and was presented on Monday the 13th, in an open-door training session with 50 thousand people present.
Although his passage had only five official games, two friendlies and a goal, the memory in the hearts of Newell’s fans is indelible. Even Leo Messi was present at Pelusa’s debut! “I got to see him. He was little, he was six years old, I don’t remember anything, but I know I was“La Pulga commented in an interview. That day the local won 1 to 0 with one of his goals.
On October 10, he visited the old Independiente court, where he fell 3 to 1 against Rojo and shot Luis Islas a hard hit. Then it was 1-0 against Belgrano at home, 0-0 with Gimnasia and later the return to the Bombonera would arrive, with César Menotti on the substitute bench. It was victory for Xeneize by 2 to 0. After the 0-0 with Hurricane the crisis grew. The departure of Solari and the discomfort with Jorge Castelli, the new coach, made Diego play just one more friendly against Vasco da Gama and decide to say goodbye to the institution.
“I am Diego Armando Maradona, ID 14,276,579. I was, I am and I will be a leper, without a doubt. Because I learned to love the club when I was very little and I will return “, said the Ten a few years ago, in one of the hundreds of gestures of love crossed with Leprosy. Will that return ever occur?