A year without Diego Maradona and the ball kept rolling …


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A year without Diego Maradona and the ball kept rolling ...

It seems that it was yesterday when the news was known and for many, those who surely idolize him, it seems that it was a lie that 365 days ago the heart of Diego Armando Maradona, one of the greatest figures in the history of football, stopped beating leaving a huge void in a sport that knew how to surrender at his feet.

A year ago, social networks and the media were flooded with messages that, among the incredulity typical of these times of excessive information, pointed to the death of the Argentine star after suffering a “Acute lung edema secondary to exacerbated chronic heart failure”, as his autopsy reported.

Since then, not a week has passed in which there is no talk about El Pelusa and everything that surrounded his death, while the tributes have multiplied (murals, statues, streets, goal celebrations and even the name of the Stadium del Napoli) and football has experienced memorable chapters.

PALMEIRAS CHAMPION OF THE 2020 CONMEBOL LIBERTADORES CUP
In one of the most unusual editions of the tournament due to the restrictions due to the advance of covid-19 that forced a good part of the games to be postponed and then played without an audience, Palmeiras defeated also Brazilian Santos 1-0 on January 30 of this year and added the second Copa Libertadores in its history after the one achieved in 1999. The historic River Plate and Boca Juniors said goodbye in the semifinals.

CHELSEA STAYED WITH THE UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
The second final of this competition lived in the middle of the pandemic, but this time with a percentage of the public at the Estadio do Dragao in Porto, was for English Chelsea who beat Manchester City 1-0 with a goal from German Kai Havertz and added a new ‘Orejona’ to its showcases, which it had already beaten Bayern Munich in 2012 at the Allianz Arena.

THE TITLE OF ITALY IN THE EURO CUP WITH ONE OF THE MOST MARADONIANS
Lorenzo Insigne, who has Diego Armando’s face tattooed on his left thigh, became the European Championship champion with Italy by defeating England from the penalty spot (3-2) after tying a goal in regulation time and extra time . The captain of Napoli, number 10 of his team and undoubtedly one of the most Maradonian footballers, was key for the ‘Azzurra’ to win their second title of this competition.

THE AMERICA CUP IN BRAZIL, THE BEST TRIBUTE
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Maracana and ‘La Canarinha’ as a rival was an unbeatable setting for the most celebrated and perhaps the best tribute to Diego. With the 10 on his back and the captain’s band, Lionel Messi, who by many is considered his heir to the throne, finally won a title with the National Team and lifted the Copa América on July 11 after the victory over the combined Brazilian 1-0 with a goal from Ángel Di María.

MESSI’S GOODBYE TO BARCELONA
Barcelona, ​​the club where Maradona played between 1982 and 1984, had to see how the most important player in its history went to Paris Saint-Germain. The culé team announced on August 5 that it could not renew the link with Argentine Lionel Messi, citing “economic and structural obstacles” that led to the departure of the player with the most goals (671), more games (778), more titles ( 35) and more victories (542) in the 121 years of Blaugrana history.

CRISTIANO RONALDO AND HIS RETURN TO THE THEATER OF DREAMS
After a first spell at Manchester United in which he scored 118 goals in 292 games played between 2003 and 2009, on August 31 the return of Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus to the Old Trafford team was confirmed. Hand in hand with Sir Alex Ferguson, his mentor and football father, CR7 returned to the club where he began to build his way to the Olympus of football where today he rubs shoulders with names like Maradona, Pelé or Messi himself.

THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS WAS FOR FRANCE
With Karim Benzema back after years away from ‘Les Bleus’ due to the case of Mathieu Valbuena for which he was sentenced this Wednesday to a year in jail exempt from compliance and a fine of 75 thousand euros, France beat Spain 2-1 the previous October 10 and became the second team to win the UEFA Nations League, which in its first edition (2018-19) had Portugal as champions.

XAVI RETURNED AS A TECHNICIAN TO A BARCELONA UNDER RECONSTRUCTION
Now in his stage as a coach, Xavi Hernández returned on November 6 to a diminished Barcelona that is going through a period of reconstruction after the departure of Messi and a step with more low than high of the Dutch Ronald Koeman on the Barça bench despite who managed to obtain the Copa del Rey 2020-21.

It has been 12 months with great movements in the so-called ‘beautiful sport’ that lost one of its highest representatives, but gained a legend that, due to what was done on the field of play every day, grows bigger and that is present in tattoos, walls, books, newspapers, videos and photographs, but above all, in the memory of all football fans.


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