Pierre Boisrond has followed soccer and the World Cup
closely for many years and also writes for other websites. We at PWC are proud to have him as
a columnist. He will share his views about the past, present and future of
the World Cup.
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One last time, Maradona
Diego, the world has watched you for many years. We hope to watch you again one last time on November 10th. You have
brought joy to so many football fans. You have brought happiness to so many kids all over the world. You have brought joy
to the people of Naples, Italy and most of all, you have blessed us all with your magical left foot.
On November 10th in The Bombanera Stadium of Boca Juniors, the avid football fans won’t miss this “grandioso” fiesta. It
will be a fiesta that will include some of the world's best footballers of all time. Among these footballers, we will see Edson
Arantes Do Nascimiento, “Pele”. This day, we will notice the two greatest footballers the world has ever seen. What a
joy to see these two on the same soccer pitch! Sometimes, it is quite difficult to choose among these two; Maradona and Pele brought
joy to the world. Both of them are truly in a class of their own.
There will be many other greats such as The “Kaiser“, Franz Beckenbauer of Germany; “El Principe” Enzo Francescoli of
Uruguay; Diego’s good friend, Hristo Stoitchov of Bulgaria; The French Pele or the classic, Michel Platini; The talented
Brazilian international, Rivaldo; The deadly Brazilian striker and Diego’s teammate in Napoli, Careca; The talented Brazilian
defender, Cafu; The French International and the world most expensive player at this time, “Zizou“ Zinedine Zidane; The
phenomenon, Ronaldo; Batigol, the eternal striker; the superb Riquelme; the classic English International, David Beckham,
and many others.
This day will be day of MaradonaMania. Enjoy this day, Diego! Despite so many controversial episodes in your football
career, we, the football fans, columnists, do thank you for giving us your best. For myself, I’ve watched you for many years
while growing up in Haiti. I do believe this is true for many others who live in other parts of the world. We have witnessed
your first goal in the 82 World Cup in Spain against Hungary and your last one against Greece in USA 94. We have also seen
how your divine hand guided Argentina to the World Cup title in Mexico 86. Diego, you gave us the most
beautiful goal of all-time against the England of Gary Lineker. In Napoli, the fans called you “Saint Maradona“. You
brought the South of Italy to the top of Calcio during your years in Napoli. Most importantly, you made those who
played with you performing at their very best. The #10 of Argentina clearly deserves to be retired for all you have done for the
national team. Hopefully Brazil will retire Pele‘s #10 as well. One last time, we shall see you with that #10, Diego, on November 10
in the Bombanera. The world can’t wait to see you! For myself, I’ll be the first to branch to enjoy this historical moment.
On behalf of the fans and Worldcuparchive.com, we wish you all the best and extend our heartfelt thanks to you.
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