As he had planned, after landing in Ezeiza he went almost non-stop to the office of Libertador at 600 – one of the two bunkers that the future Minister of the Interior has in the City – and there Guillermo Francos, in person, offered him to direct Argentine sports policy in the new government of Javier Milei. Already on the Barajas scale, Ricardo Schlieper realized that at least for a while the anonymity he enjoyed for almost all his life as a journalist first and then a footballer's representative must be forgotten: his cell phone exploded with messages due to the repercussion that his name had taken as that of the future undersecretary of Sport.
The meeting lasted between 40 and 50 minutes and they shared coffee. Together with his new boss -Sport, like other areas, will depend on the Interior in the new structure of the Executive-, the Rosario native agreed that for now he will not make statements but the short dialogue on WhatsApp with Clarín was forceful:
"Were you able to meet with Francos?"
-They're going to publish it on the official website. I accepted the position.
Schlieper, who at the age of 64 will be in public administration for the first time, will now have to start working against the clock. First, he will seek to talk with Diógenes de Urquiza to ensure that his predecessor in the Macri government goes to the National Entity for High Performance Sports (ENARD) to become the new general director. For that, in any case, he will have to wait a few days because De Urquiza went to Salta for a few days. His idea is to also meet with Inés Arrondo, the Secretary of Sport who was yesterday late yesterday with her closest collaborators in the offices of the National Center for High Performance Sports waiting for the official confirmation of the successor and arranging various documents.
Ricardo Schlieper and Nicolás Tagliafico, one of the players he represents. Photo: Instagram.
The new official, who in 2011 was a candidate for mayor of Rosario for the PRO and was part of Patricia Bullrich's list of candidates for deputy for Santa Fe in the last elections, will also have to form his work team and for this he will have a series of meetings on Monday at the Casa Rosada with Francos himself again.
Those who know him closely told this newspaper that he is very happy with "the enormous responsibility he took on and as a lover of sport he will try to do everything he can to do his best." What lies ahead will not be easy for him because Argentine sport needs a shock in terms of economic support but also in terms of a political plan that will be maintained over time. And not only with regard to high performance - for which ENARD would be (or should be only) responsible - but also for social and grassroots sport.