Despite the fact that the social isolation decreed by the national government forces the majority of the Argentine population to stay at home and thus avoid the spread of the coronavirus, the pandemic did not prevent the crossing between two world champions as Mario Alberto Kempes and Oscar Ruggeri.
Thanks to technology, both were able to meet in the program 90 minutes, of Fox Sports, and thus debate on various concepts around the ball, such as the differences between each World Cup that they played or their opinion about the comparison between Diego Armando Maradona and Lionel Messi.
“What a joy to see Mario, I can’t believe it. For this guy, I ran behind a truck in Corral de Bustos, where he lived, when we were champions because we wanted to meet him. What a pleasure to have the third best player in our football, after Messi and Maradona. I put it there because these appeared, otherwise you would be in the first place Mario“, Started by way of greeting the pigheaded, exposing all his admiration for the Bullfighter.
The highest part that this debate had between the two figures that embroidered a star with the Selection was that of their looks about Fluff and the flea. “I always thought that everyone had their moment, I don’t know how Messi would have done in Maradonas time and vice versa, although it is said that the one who plays well does so at all stages. The first luck we have had is that they are the two Argentines, when one left the other appeared. If Messi hadn’t appeared, who would we be talking about? We would be looking for another Maradona, we would look like other countries that are waiting for one to come out that resembles ours to boast. The Argentine is never satisfied. Why is Messi not better than Maradona, because he did not win a World Cup? AND? It is not easy to win, you have to do with who you play next to“Explained at the beginning the former Valencia and Rosario Central about his opinion.
At the same time that the current television panelist agreed with everything his interlocutor said, Kempes He was more direct and made his position clear: “In the Selection, Diego was not sought as much as Messi is sought. In the team it is different. In Boca and Naples, yes; and in Barcelona, well, he was not the best Diego we have ever seen either. I don’t know if Messi, in a team other than Barcelona, would be as good as he is there. Diego showed it in Boca and in Napoli. Iniesta and Xavi made this great Messi ”.
“Either way, I think a player who has the ability to dazzle in one team can do it in another. It is very difficult for Messi to go to another team and we can say that it was the same as in Barcelona. We do not know“, Concluded the Cordovan of 65 years.
Other Kempes phrases:
Menotti and Bilardo: “They had the ability to reveal themselves against the public. Because (in ’78) Cabezon Galvan, from Talleres, nobody wanted him; nobody wanted Ardiles. The public put Beto Alonso and J.J. (Lopez) all the parties; I could not find space. Before the championship starts, people have adverse opinions. But later when we were champions we all went out to celebrate as the best. ”
The definition of him as a player: “I was not a 9-goal scorer, I had to have spaces, start from behind and in contact with the ball, but I was bored. I was generous, I liked to defend. He was a midfielder with arrival. In practice I liked being an archer ”.
The selection: “Here you don’t have to have the same National Team for 10 or 12 years. There are other players and more in Argentina who are always dating. The Selection is not to fall asleep, you have to be awake and the DT does not always have to marry them. I think the last team was the best of all because of the experience they had. They practically grew up together, they were brothers and friends. It was not achieved because it became so familiar that nothing could be reproached and there we did not do what we would have liked. The best match I saw was against Germany in Brazil, because it was a match to win it and it was lost. He played more with the heart than with the head, they did things well but Messi failed and Palacio failed. This is football, but I think that a National Team does not have to get old, it has to be renewed ”.
Differences between the 1978 and 1982 World Cups: “I think that in ’82 concentration failed. In ’78 we thought 24 hours about soccer and breathed soccer. In ’82, Spain, Mediterranean, midsummer, do I need to explain more things? We do not concentrate in the same way, we left our natural habitat. Eye, I speak for myself, not for the rest. The concentration was very different, we all arrived physically well. In Argentina (1978) we had two rooms and here all the luxuries we could have. I was not used to that and I think we were all wrong. It had nothing to do with injuries or the Falklands War, nothing, it was us who did not know how to perform the same as in ’78 and with more names. In 1978 we were very calm, we worked calmly, nobody bothered us. It was a real concentration ”.
The little value given to the title of 78: “Both the 78 and 86 teams, let’s say they are two different championships. There are two stars, perhaps ours some do not value as that of 86, but I laugh at those things, at detractors because their chests must hurt when they see two stars ”.