The memory of Diego Maradona’s professional debut

The memory of Diego Maradona's professional debut

BUENOS AIRES — On October 20, 1976, a 15-year-old made his debut as a footballer. who later became world champion, scored the best goal of the twentieth century and the most famous hand goal of all time, was champion in three countries and led his team in a World Cup: Diego Maradona.

The 7,700 fans who attended the Argentinos Juniors stadium that Sunday and saw their team fall to Talleres 0-1 witnessed Pelusa’s first match, Pelusita or El Morochito, as it was called at that time, who later became El Pibe de Oro y D10s.

Coach Juan Carlos Montes sent him to the field with number 16 in the second half replacing Rubén Giacobetti and, although he could not avoid the defeat of his team, he delighted the fans with a spout on the first ball he touched.

“40 years have passed and I remember that I left home at ten o’clock in the morning with the only pants I had, which was corduroy. the bus. But hey, it was the only one that had “, Maradona said.

“Montes said ‘get ready, baby’, and I thought ‘Did she tell me?’, detailed.

Maradona told in 2006 in ‘Yo soy el Diego’, his first book, that the coach told him: “Go Diego, play as you know, and if you can throw a pipe.”

“I listened to him. I received the ball with my back to my marker, which was Juan Domingo Cabrera, I faked him and threw the ball between his legs; it passed cleanly and immediately I heard the ‘Ooooole’ from the people, as a welcome”, Maradona explained in the book.

Despite his youth, Pelusa was already famous at the club for entertaining and surprising fans with his juggling with the ball at halftime between matches. In addition, his children’s soccer team, the Cebollitas, swept away all the rivals on duty.

The debut of the architect of Argentina’s greatest football joys occurred seven months after the beginning of one of the darkest times in the country’s history, the last military dictatorship (1976-1983).

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