Diego Maradona: Not just a football legend (part 1)

With supernatural talent developed in the slums of Buenos Aires, Diego Maradona has grown to become an immortal monument of Argentinian football in particular and world football in general.

In the 1920s, when Argentina, a booming immigration country, sought to shape a common sense of identity, it was clear that football was one of the few things that could connect diverse populations. of it together. Regardless of your background, you want to see the blue-and-white striped shirt win. And that means that the style that the Argentine national team performs on the pitch will have a huge political and cultural significance.

Debates broke out on the pages of El Gráfico magazine, and in the end it all came to a consensus that Argentina’s style of football should stand on the opposite side of the English games. On the high-quality pitches of British schools, football is a runway of strength, speed and energy. By contrast, the Argentinians entered the early games of the potreros. Those were vacant spaces in the slums, on small, rough, and cramped fields where no teacher would step in no matter how rough the game. again. Their footballing style emphasizes spontaneity, freedom, technical ability and especially cunningness.

If there was a statue erected to depict Argentina’s footballing spirit, it would be a kid with a dirty face and messy hair. Her eyes filled with intelligence, rebellious personality, mischievousness and charisma, a wicked smile, and still crumbling teeth from the bread she ate yesterday.

Less than half a century later, Diego Maradona made his debut in the national team shirt. At the age of 16, he was an outstanding footballer.

Maradona, a legend who passed away at the age of 60, was originally a boy of potreros. He once described himself as a negra cabecita, a term used by Eva Perón to refer to Argentinians of Italian descent. Maradona’s parents are very ardent Peronists, and there are pictures of both Evita and Juan Perón hanging on the walls of the house.

His father was a boatman on the Paraná Plain, in the province of Corrientes, in the northeastern part of the country, and moved to Buenos Aires to reunite with his wife, who lives with relatives and relatives. work as a housekeeper for families. When relatives moved, Maradona’s father had to build his own house of loose bricks and metal plates in Villa Fiorito, a ghetto that was so violent and dangerous that the police had to stop by every day.