Diego Maradona and Julio Toresani played just 6 games together in Boca, in 1997. Two years earlier, at the Apertura 1995, they almost transformed the Bombonera into Luna Park. The story of two authentic and contradictory types.
“To think that I wanted to fight him, and today I cry for him. After that famous discussion, he came to play Boca and we were great companions. I spoke with him many times on the phone. I thought of bringing him as my second (when he directed in Dorados de Sinaloa, in the Second Division of the Mexican League). Unfortunately, I was late. I didn’t think it was all so serious … Now, I wonder, why Boca, River or the AFA do not give support to the footballers who go through this situation? I do not think that Toresani’s case is the only one. On the other hand, there are people who knew Egg much better than me, and did nothing. He was a very hardworking guy. I regret it in my soul. My condolences to his entire family. May the children have the same heart as their father “, Diego Maradona wrote sadly on his Instagram the day that Julio César Toresani decided to end his life.
And that authentic and contradictory Maradona paints Diego as a human being. They played just six games together in Boca, in 1997, with five wins and one draw. Two years earlier, in the Apertura 1995, they almost transformed the Bombonera into Luna Park. “Maradona threw me out,” Toresani told me when the game ended. “And what he says when he hears this I don’t give a damn. I would like to have him in front of him to see if he tells me the things he told me, that after the game he was going to catch me. Okay, I’ll bank it, I’d go look for him at the house “added a Egg horny and enraged.
For what! All journalists ran a few meters away, to wait for the players to leave the xeneize dressing room. “I told Toresani on the field that I live in Segurola and Habana 4310, seventh floor,” Maradona responded, doubling the bet. “I have no problem with him coming looking for me because I’m tired of these ‘de pico’, who from the mouth out are all handsome, but when you have to put your face … To Toresani, Segurola and Habana 4310, seventh floor. And let’s see if it lasts thirty seconds “Diego repeated in front of everyone, especially from the First Soccer cameras that the whole country saw at night.
On that return to Boca, after 14 years, Maradona’s dream was to be a coach and a player, but there were two problems. The first was that at that time the technical direction was in charge of Silvio Marzolini (as in the 1981 Metropolitano when Diego was champion) and the leadership (Antonio Alegre-Carlos Heller) did not want to fire him. The second was economic: the financial situation in which the La Ribera club found itself did not allow it to pay what Maradona was used to. For this reason, several businessmen, among whom was Eduardo Eurnekian (owner of Channel 2; today América TV), contributed the money. And then, Eurnekian “charged” it with tours to Korea and China, to televise the Boca de Maradona, Caniggia, Verón, the Kily Gonzalez, the Mono Navarro Montoya, Mac Allister, Fabbri, Fabián Carrizo and Scotto, among others.
Boca seemed to have everything to be champion, but the team fell in the final part and only got fourth place leaving the title served on a tray to Vélez de Bianchi. In the elections that took place at the end of the championship, the partners elected Mauricio Macri as the new president. And so 10 months after meeting to fight in “Segurola y Habana” was when the Egg Toresani joined the xeneize team that Carlos Bilardo was already leading in August 1996, and received it… El Diez.
“Until today people ask me about that fight,” said Toresani, recalling how the match was when they were teammates in Boca. “I wasn’t scared but I was a bit uncertain about what could happen. The boys on campus were carrying me. They told me that Diegote, that Fatty, was going to disarm me …“, he remembered between laughs.
But “when Diego appeared, nothing happened; the past, stepped on. He told me: ‘Egg, it’s over, welcome to Boca. I congratulate you and there are no grudges. ‘ So it was. He’s a great guy. It never occurred to me to go to Segurola and Havana. Although, at that time, if he had to box him, he boxed him in the middle of the Bombonera. I wanted to eat it, that’s why I said that Maradona threw me out that afternoon“.
Diego continued in Boca until he retired, also in October, but in 1997, at the Monumental stadium and against River de Francescoli (on the court) and Ramón Díaz (on the bench), who began winning 1-0 with a goal by Sergio Berti. Maradona did not come out in the second half. That was his last meeting as a professional. He was replaced by a certain Juan Román Riquelme. Although in the official list it appears that Caniggia entered for Diego and Roman for Nelson Vivas.
Boca came out with everything in that complement and immediately achieved equality. And the goal was made by Toresani, who defined with three fingers passing the ball through the side of Germán Burgos, who had come out to reduce him. The only goal of Egg with the auriazul shirt. In the end, it was 2-1 with a header from Martín Palermo. But everything isor it’s another story …