C5N columnist Ernesto Cherquis Bialo recounted the revealing talk he had with the “Diez” in the locker room after the match
This Tuesday marked the 35th anniversary of the date on which the Argentine National Team beat England in the 1986 World Cup. That day, the Argentine crack Diego Maradona made two of his masterpieces. Two goals so impressive that they have a name: the “God’s hand” and the “the goal of the century“.
Those goals were seen many times, especially the second, considered by many to be the best in the history of the World Cup. However, what did Diego think of them? In relation to this, the journalist Ernesto Cherquis Bialo recounted the talk he had with Maradona in the locker room after the game.
“It is the best goal of all time. Messi has a similar goal. But the issue is not only the quality of the goal. The issue is what is played in the game where that goal is scored. And this qualifies the aesthetics, the magic and the conceptual exclusivity of the ‘best’ “. Because it was played in a semifinal of a World Cup. Against whom ?: Against those who invented football, “recalled Cherquis Bialo.
And he revealed: “The remarkable thing is that later, when I went to the locker room, I told him ‘Diego …’ and I gave him an emotional hug. He told me: ‘Be careful, uh, the first one was better.’
And Cherquis Bialo recalled that Maradona emphasized: “It was better the first one, let them cry“.
“He had a great load of argentinity“, explained the journalist about Maradona’s words.
Why didn’t Bilardo celebrate Maradona’s goal?
35 years ago, when the clock struck 16:09, among so many Englishmen scattered on the field of play, Diego Maradona made the Azteca stadium in Mexico the “Goal of the Century” that established it as the new king of soccer and raised an entire people.
It was one of the games corresponding to the quarterfinals of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico that a whole country enjoyed and shouted (and today they shouted it again). The one who did not celebrate that summer afternoon in Mexico was the coach of the Argentine team, Carlos Salvador Bilardo.
The reason why he did not celebrate was told a few years ago, in an interview with Alejandro Fantino. At that moment, he related what was going through his head a few seconds after Maradona’s feat.
“I looked back to see how we were standing. Look at the video. I have the madness to look at how I always remain standing. They put a counterattack on you and they kill you“said Bilardo.
The DT said that the team had practiced until the goal celebrations so that the team did not look bad and to save legs taking into account the height and high temperatures of the Federal District.
But of course, Maradona not only ran from his own field avoiding the English but once he did he kept running to celebrate while Bilardo clutched his head already thinking about the next play.
The hand of God
He also referred to the goal that Maradona had made a few minutes before the goalkeeper Peter shilton with hand.
“At the press conference they asked me if the goal was with the hand and I said ‘no, what will it be with the hand’. I had not seen the game on television. I said it was with the head and for me it was with the head“said Bilardo smiling.
Bilardo’s family, led by his brother Jorge, protects the Doctor from bad news that may affect his mood and health and so far they hide the death of Maradona, Alejandro Sabella and José Luis Brown with An entire engineering team is ready thanks to the help of the nurses who accompany the 1986 World Champion DT in Mexico, diagnosed with a degenerative disease known as Hakim-Adams syndrome in 2017.
“I looked back to see how we were standing,” Bilardo said.
That afternoon of Sunday June 22, Victor Hugo Morales He put music to the play of all time in story format and left a phrase forever: “Cosmic keg”. “In a memorable run …”, or “in the play of all times” are remarkable metaphors of the Uruguayan’s mark, but “cosmic kite” has a reason.
It was like this: it turns out that before the World Cup, the former coach of the National Team and world champion César Luis Menotti said about Diego: “If Maradona stops living like a kite, if I go or not, he could be the figure of the World Cup. “
Víctor Hugo, who had a public fight with Menotti over tooth and nail banking the work of Carlos Salvador Bilardo, picked up the glove and reformulated the use of the word kite. And he immortalized this phrase: “Cosmic kite from which planet did you come to leave so many Englishmen on the road?”
Over time, Menotti tried to explain that he called Maradona kite “as a compliment.” But no one remembers that, on the other hand, the cosmic kite will always refer to the figure of Diego leaving Englishmen on the floor, a line of memories of that homeland undergoing reconstruction, the TV with buttons on low volume, the radio nailed to the Argentine radio to listen to the Uruguayan.