The Gremio coach went out to direct the Libertadores match against Guaraní with Maradona de la Selección 10.
Did a Brazilian coach go out to direct a Libertadores game wearing the Argentina shirt? Yes. It happened this Thursday night. Another of the things that Diego Maradona can achieve.
A Renato Portaluppi He did not care what they say. He was carried away by his heart. And he wore the blue and white 10 in the first leg of the round of 16 against Guaraní.
Before the start of the game there was a minute of silence for Diego. And then, during the 90s, the tribute continued in the image of Gremio. What about Renato was surprising. For the original, for what is played and for all that it means to see a Brazilian football reference dressed in the most symbolic of Argentine shirts.
Born 58 years ago in Guaporé, a Brazilian municipality in Rio Grande do Sul, Renato reached the First Guild in 1982. And the following year he raised the Libertadores and the Intercontinental. That young forward scored both of Gremio’s goals against Germany’s Hamburg in the final in Japan.
If Renato -Portaluppi or Gaúcho- was already an idol of Gremio as a player, then he multiplied his mystique as a coach. In his third cycle at the Porto Alegre club -which started in 2016-, he won six local tournaments, the Libertadores 2017 (in the final against Lanús) and the Recopa Sudamericana 2018.
But beyond the history with the club, Renato also shone in the Brazilian team and played in the World Cup 90. The coach of that time, the questioned Sebastiao Lazaroni, made him enter the end of the remembered match against Argentina, when the Bilardo had already achieved 1-0, with a goal from Caniggia after Diego Maradona left him alone in front of the goalkeeper in another of his wonders.