Lionel Messi, in a Barcelona match against Osasuna at Cam Nou, took off his Barsa shirt and had a 1993 Newell’s underneath, with 10 on his back. He blew kisses to the sky and stood for a few seconds with his arms outstretched in an exciting hug. “I keep all the beautiful moments lived with him,” he said in a kind of synthesis of the thoughts of those who loved him well from near or far.

That image is the first to appear, the central part of an impressive collage that is being put together almost without trying this year without Diego. Who does not remember those two fans, one with the River shirt and the other with the Boca shirt crying hugs, heartbroken in the vicinity of the Casa Rosada? What else could have been able to generate a hug as symbolic as that?

I add the photo of Dalma Maradona, smiling in the middle of Miguel Rep and Lita Boitano, of Relatives of the Disappeared and Detained for Political Reasons. It was during an act of tribute to Diego that was held on November 6 at the Ex Esma. Lita Boitano, with the freshness of her 90s, remembered that Diego had always been close to human rights organizations and left the emotional Dalma speechless. With few words, but with the great Pedro Saborido pulling centers, Rep presented the book that day Diego, born to annoy. Diego would have felt very happy in that area, he would have had a lot of fun with that book that brings him down from bronze and that goes through his turbulent life, in which he always appears with his head of curlers and his status as the maximum idol of national football.

The images intermingle and are gaining more and more power: The photographer Carlos Alberto Tolosa went all the way in search of mural treasures in the Capital and in various neighborhoods and small towns in the Province of Buenos Aires. Diego with the National Team, Boca or Argentinos Juniors, Newell’s or Napoli shirt plays, jumps, dribbles, dreams, looks defiantly, questions, laughs, almost always alone, and on some walls with Tota and Don Diego, with Perón, Che Guevara or Gardel. All Diego are possible in these murals. They are also in the book My diego, by our colleague Alejandro Duchini, in the works of Julio Ferrer, Fernando Signorini, Luciano Wernicke and Fernando Molina, in the Maradonian Chronicles, on All Diego is political, focused on eleven texts written by women. “The book,” say the girls, “exceeds between the verb and the flesh, bursts into the banquet of the gods and dances on the table to the rhythm of the cumbia. Its celebratory impulse does not take long to lead to a Maradonian coven. To enter here we must not abandon hope, it is enough to abandon the masks and sink into the mud ”.

We have completed a year without Diego. The images of all the collages in the heads of each one of us are also part of a time with Diego always present.



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