Messi, the genocide and the autograph of judge Garzón

The “homo ludens”, the one who plays, is prior to the “homo sapiens”, the one who thinks, and the “homo faber”, the one who works. The game is the origin of shared intelligence. This world has come to play. In fact, everything is a game, war, politics, finance, and such is the confusion in today’s reality that soccer is the most coherent thing in the system.

When a soccer player “integrates” into the “real” world, he brings a moral teaching that helps reduce the vanity of the species. A way to bring back to life what football has given him. Tired of distributing autographs, Leo Messi allowed himself a wish: he asked judge Baltasar Garzón for an autograph. The magistrate himself has just recognized it: “I asked him and he asked me.” They met in 2005, at a recognition of prominent personalities in Ponferrada, Spain.

The magistrate had in those years an open judicial line of charges of crimes against humanity against Argentine citizens for the disappearance of Spanish civilians during the Argentine dictatorship of 1976-1983. “Very shy, he told me that it was an honor to meet me because of the investigations that he was carrying out of the Argentine dictatorship on death flights.” In this framework of April 2005, the Spanish National Court sentenced the repressor Adolfo Scilingo to 640 years in prison.

In 1998, the Spanish Ministry of Defense sent its court a list of high-ranking officials from the country who came to Argentina during the dictatorship to receive training and share experiences. Baltasar Garzón (Torres, Jaén, October 26, 1955) was a magistrate of the Central Court of Instruction of the National Court from 1988 to 2012. He was in charge of investigating some of the most relevant crimes that occurred in Spain: crimes crimes against humanity, State terrorism, drug trafficking, political corruption and economic crime.

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On February 22, 2012, he was expelled from the judicial career after being sentenced by the Supreme Court to eleven years of disqualification for a crime of prevarication committed during the investigation of the Gurtel case: an extensive network of economic corruption of the right-wing Popular Party. The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo decided to go to the European Court of Human Rights to challenge the “unfair and immoral persecution” against the judge. In August 2021, the United Nations Human Rights Committee demanded that Spain erase his criminal record and offer him “comprehensive reparation for considering the sentence arbitrary.”

For his part, Leo Messi joined the struggle of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo on numerous occasions, collaborating in the search for missing grandchildren. In 2014, the player was photographed with a banner that read “Resolve your identity now”, together with the president Estela de Carlotto.

Everything always happens for the first time. In that meeting Leo Messi and Baltasar Garzón contemplated the world through the eyes of the other. They joined in a hug and a couple of autographs. In that disfigured reality of polarize and win, they ended up meeting and discovering a new path they didn’t know they were looking for. A luminous, close image, contrary to the multiple forms of extreme agitation of this new ultra wave that covers the covers.

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