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'Are you also going to Maradona's house?', The question that marked the pilgrimage to the place where Diego was born

2020-11-26T23:10:44.245Z

In the middle of the farewell, the house received a "face wash" from a Kirchnerist committee.Javier Firpo 11/25/2020 21:04 Clarín.com Society Updated 11/25/2020 9:04 PM "Screw her ten blocks and turn right. You're going to see her." "I continued to where the flat is, fold and hit him straight." The responses of the residents of Villa Fiorito are repeated when asked how to get to Calle Azamor 523. " Are you also going to Maradona's house? " It continues to be "the house of ..." even thou



Javier Firpo

11/25/2020 21:04

  • Clarín.com

  • Society

Updated 11/25/2020 9:04 PM

"Screw her ten blocks and turn right. You're going to see her."

"I continued to where the flat is, fold and hit him straight."

The responses of the residents of Villa Fiorito are repeated when asked how to get to Calle Azamor 523. "

Are you also going to Maradona's house?

"

It continues to be "the house of ..." even though Diego has been gone more than four decades ago.

But Fiorito, that neighborhood of Lomas de Zamora with so much poverty and inequality, is synonymous with Maradona.

The little house on Azamor Street where Don Diego and La Tota raised their five children

is like the Obelisk for the neighbors, everyone knows where it is

.

The façade, which could go unnoticed because it is one more, is perfectly locatable, like the Estrella Roja club, a few blocks from there, where Diego began to hunger for the ball to escape poverty.

At the corner of Azamor and Mario Bravo there is

a climate that has nothing to do with nostalgia and pain.

Hundreds of neighbors, mostly under twenty years of age, who did not see Maradona on a field, are the references of this kind of farewell

 without pain or emotion.

There are Boca flags with the legend "My neighborhood, Fiorito", "The only big one" and the youngsters hit on some little songs that remain in nothing.

A farewell without pain or emotion, where most of the attendees did not reach the age of 20.Photos Emmanuel Fernández - FTP CLARIN EMA_8689-01.jpg Z EFernandz Efernandez

There is a lot of tetra-bricks, soda bottles with other liquids and a festive atmosphere that does not infect.

You also figure that, inventing stories from "I played with Maradona

in the field", take advantage of the hunters of scoops who are on the lookout, eager for some find.

Meanwhile, in Azamor 523, there is intense movement behind the entrance door.

What's going on?

"A group of people arrived after two in the afternoon and

washed their faces at the entrance of the house

, which was abandoned, with the tall grass and branches that almost impeded entry. They cut the grass, pruned the trees. trees and

painted the wall in front of the house white to make a portrait of Maradona, "

describes Salvador, a fifty-year-old neighbor who lives two blocks away.

Salvador, who speaks with

Clarín

, tells that a father lived in the house with his two children, "a humble family; the mother left recently. But

the house was a bag,

you can't believe they haven't put a commemorative plaque , which has not been preserved in some way. They agreed a little late and

in less than an hour, they wanted to lift it

. "

Azamor 523. Neighbors and members of the Community Committee Néstor Kichner painting the facade of the house where Maradona was born.Photos Emmanuel Fernández - FTP CLARIN EMA_8624-01.jpg Z EFernandz Efernandez

This chronicler tried to cross a gate but without luck, since a woman with a mask with the image of El Eternauta, who presented herself as a member of the Néstor Kichner Community Center, did not allow entry.

"Along with some neighbors

we came here selflessly to paint a portrait of Diego.

We had planned to do it for his birthday (October 30), but we could not because of the pandemic," he says while two people are seen climbing a ladder sketching the face of Ten.

"The only thing that remains is to politicize the death of Maradona"

, smiles Salvador resigned.

"This is all very poor, it is a shame that this image travels the world," he slides pointing to that withered sanctuary -to give it a name-, which make up a pot with flowers, a bouquet of three roses, five candles -two lit-, a Cover of El Gráfico with the title "¡Vive!", from 1995 and a handwritten sign: "Diego is ours, from Fiorito forever".

This media approached to speak with the piberío, who was more aware of the movement of the cameras and the journalistic presence than anything else.

"Diego is the most, he is from here, old woman, from the neighborhood, vamaaa, Diegooo, Diegooo, olé, olé, Diegooo", harangues a boy with a Boca shirt,

in an out-of-step atmosphere

, which has nothing to do with the death of the greatest footballer of all time.

United Stars of Fiorito, today.

Here, more than fifty years ago, Maradona began to chase the ball to escape hunger.

A few blocks away, on Larrazábal street, is the Estrellas Unidas de Fiorito club (before it was Estrella Roja), the one in which Diego played those historic little games with his head and foot (and that statement "my first dream is to play the World Cup ") that went around the world.

There is a mince in a concrete field, but there is no mystique

.

After a long time of touring those little fields and another larger one, there is no doubt that you are in the great cradle of football history,

in the cradle of dreams that are fulfilled beyond inequalities,

 where Maradona he learned to beat hunger and poverty, the kicks more painful than those he received in his entire career.

Too bad nobody here shed a tear.

Source: clarin

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