"For a ball, there is no better experience than being at the left foot of Maradona." Jorge Valdano knows his subject, he who scored in the final which saw Argentina of Maradona be crowned world champion against Germany (3-2), in 1986. If they shared the colors of the Albiceleste, Valdano also faced Maradona in the Real jersey, when "El Pibe de Oro" (the kid in gold) played at FC Barcelona. But Valdano was not yet in Madrid when the number 10, by the purest expression of his genius, shocked the Merengues and their supporters.
“I asked for forgiveness from the defender. He said to me: “go fuck you…” ”Diego Maradona
The 1982-83 season keeps a unique place in the history of Spanish football: it was the scene of the first League Cup in the country. Abolished after 4 editions, this ephemeral competition aimed, as in France in particular, to increase the income of clubs. And the tournament has kept all its promises, with a Clasico in the climax. At the Santiago-Bernabeu stadium, Francisco “Lobo” Carrasco opened the scoring in favor of Barça (50th). Then "El Diez" came on the scene.
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"Carrasco gave me the pass in the middle of the field," remembered Diego Maradona in the columns of the daily newspaper Olé . I dribbled the goalkeeper, I waited for Juan José (Real's defender, note) and I let him pass. ” While the goal was wide open, the Argentine made a hook as futile as humiliating for Juan José, feigned. "He hit his balls against the post and I just had to push the ball into the net," commented Maradona trivially. Insolent of ease, the Barcelonan saw the Madrid public stand up to applaud him. An unprecedented fact in an often animated, sometimes sulphurous rivalry. Only Ronaldinho (2005) and Andrés Iniesta (2015) have been able to capsize the hearts of enemy supporters since.
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On the lawn, the goal of Maradona was variously appreciated. Starting with Juan José, victim of "Maradonian" virtuosity. "When I returned to my place, I asked her to forgive me," said Maradona. He said to me: "Go fuck yourself ...". He pissed me off. " José Salgaro himself could only bow after the meeting in words reported by Mundo Deportivo : “Diego was admirable. At the slightest opportunity, he scores a goal for you. ” Real Madrid finally snatched the home draw (2-2) before falling to Camp Nou in the second leg, with a penalty goal from Maradona (2-1). The Argentinian did not offer his best years in Barcelona, but he left them a moment of eternity in the most prestigious of posters.
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