An Argentinos Juniors fan in front of a mural by Diego Armando Maradona.ALEJANDRO PAGNI / AFP
"And what can you expect from a country that has someone like Maradona as an idol?"
My colleague friend, son of a more affluent first world, told me angrily at a 2010 dinner in Johannesburg, with Diego as coach and Argentina humiliated by Germany, a lapidary 0-4 in the World Cup in South Africa.
Today, with Argentina in mourning for three days, and even his critics crying for him, perhaps the colleague will understand the value of popular idols, those who bring happiness to their peoples and earn their money in full view of all ...
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