Jorge Valdano broke into tears live on Movistar+ when talking about the demise of his teammate and companion Diego Maradona, with whom he won the 1986 World Cup for Argentina.
When he left the clinic, we all expected him to give us another lesson in recovery,”
stated in comments conducted by Diario AS.
“He’d already come back from situations like this. He was someone of enormous strength. This loss has hurt me immensely, both the loss of the player and the man.”
Valdano was asked about his moments with
“Many of the memories I have with him make me smile,” he started, before breaking into tears.
He bounced back after a few minutes. “What made me smile then makes me sad now,” he said. “There is no better place to say goodbye to him than in a football stadium [he was speaking from the San Siro].
“What he did in this space was his life. For him and for the people. All of
cries for him, as does everyone who loves football. Even the ball cries.
“He went through difficult times but he will be remembered for his work. He has been one of the best. Beginning today, there will be one more hero in the standing of Evita and Gardel. He will never be forgotten.”
Valdano started his profession in Argentina with Newell's Old Boys prior to moving to Spain in 1975 to play for Alaves for four years. After that five years with Real Zaragoza and three with Real Madrid. As a manager, he coached Tenerife, Real Madrid, and Valencia between the years 1992-1997.