Few had a career as successful as Abel Balbo’s: a great step in Italian football, he wore the River and Boca jersey and played in the 1990, 1994 and 1998 World Cups with the Argentina National Team. Precisely, he was one of Diego Maradona’s companions when the positive anti-doping jumped in the United States and he did not hesitate to get into the mud when he gave his opinion about it.
“Everything that happened with Diego was a boycott, Argentina was annoying and they could not allow him to become world champion in the last year of the presidency of (Joao) Havelange and less with Maradona as captain. It was all very strange, Diego was always very sincere with us, he was doing things right. How they went looking for him and took him by the hand … They set up a whole theater. It was the only time in history that a nurse went to look for a player on the court Then with time they agreed with us, in FIFA everything was quite dirty, “said the former striker in a chat with Líbero, on TyC Sports.
Balbo admitted that the absence of the Ten was felt long after the suspension: “We lost him, on top of the next match we lost Caniggia. With Romania we missed millions of goals, the team was not the same, the group was weak I was convinced that we were going to be world champions, that World Cup is the biggest disappointment of my career “.
In addition, he referred to the experience of Carlos Bianchi directing to Rome in 1996, where he did not have a good step. “It was a year in which everything went wrong, we weren’t here to fight for the championship and things didn’t go well. There were player problems in the dressing room. From the first moment it was said that Carlos did not want (Francesco) Totti and It was all a lie. They had to find a culprit and they caught it with him. The players were equally responsible, “said Balbo, who was part of that squad.
Finally, when asked about the present of Lautaro Martínez and the possible pass to Barcelona, the experienced forward did not hesitate: “He is an extraordinary player, with incredible conditions. He improved a lot, the Italian experience helped him a lot, he is already to be the leader or 9 starter of a large team, be it Inter or Barcelona. He is a footballer who is going to bring great joy to the Argentines. ”