The disproportionate size of the crotch of the statue of Marcelo Gallardo that River inaugurated last Saturday at the foot of the Monumental stadium was one of the trends that not only dominated social networks, but was also present in most of the chats of friends or family during the long weekend. This Monday, the novelty is that it is analyzed to intervene the monument to the 'Doll' to reduce the area that caused a strong controversy.
This was confirmed to Clarín from the environment of the ideologue of the move, Carlos Trillo, although they clarified that there is still no final decision in this regard. In fact, there was not even a return by Gallardo on the sculpture, considering that Saturday was a very mobilizing day and in which the most winning coach in the history of the Millionaire was excited all the time.
In any case, if the modification materializes, it would not be necessary to mobilize from the place where it was located, since the Mercedes Savall sculpture could work in that same place.
Inauguration of the statue to Marcelo Gallardo.Photo Enrique García Medina
From this Saturday 27 and after the multitudinous act organized by the institution, the hundreds and thousands of fans, families and children who come to that area of the city of Buenos Aires have the opportunity to take a selfie or pose next to the colossus "Muñeco" of 7 meters high and 6.3 tons of weight that stands next to the River field.
Of course, a very particular detail stands out in the creation of the sculptor Mercedes Savall, who was in charge of the work at the request of the aforementioned Trillo. Despite respecting Gallardo's features with virtuoso rigor, the area of the DT's crotch is disproportionately wide compared to the rest of his body.
Once the statue was discovered, this situation did not go unnoticed by anyone in Núñez and much less in social networks, where memes, jokes and comments circulated, overshadowing even the emotional speech made by the Doll on stage or the presence of many figures and idols of the River world.
The doubt was to know the nature of that design so particular in the humanity of the Gallardo "of copper", if it had been casual or voluntary. And it was the sculptor herself who was responsible for unveiling the question.
"Football is like that, this is the language of football. Let's say it that way, so that the fans enjoy it a little more, "answered the artist laughing, to highlight what in the always macho code of the football environment would determine some mood factor in the personality of the former DT.
Inspiration, a photo by Clarín
Gallardo's statue is inspired by a photo that Clarín photojournalist Marcelo Carroll took on December 9, 2018 in Madrid, in which the coach is seen with the Copa Libertadores trophy in his hands on the field of play at the Santiago Bernabéu after the victory in the final against Boca.
Unlike the work mounted in Núñez, in the image captured by Carroll Gallardo is seen from the middle of the waist up, so the "artistic" decision to highlight his crotch was the result of the conception of its creator.
But there are other details alien to the reality of the photo registered in Madrid. The most important is that Gallardo in this case is wearing a jacket and tie, when in fact he was wearing a River shirt at the Bernabéu.
It was Gallardo himself who agreed to modify that part of his wardrobe in the sculpture to give an image more typical of a coach.
In addition, the medal on his chest has the date of the final, to which an infinity symbol was added in the sculpture, while there are other touch-ups in the DT's hair and fingers, among other things.