It is four decades since the historic Argentinos 5-Boca 3 in which the “10” delighted everyone. How a poorly contextualized phrase from the goalkeeper conditioned that match.
Some sincere statements. A broken phone. An anger. Four response goals. An ovation from the Boca fans to the “executioner” in the afternoon. An unforgettable duel. All of this happened in less than ten days 40 years ago. Hugo Orlando Gatti spoke about Diego Maradona and said he was concerned about his tendency to gain weight. The journalistic decoding was that he was a “chubby”. Diego, furious, confessed that he would make him four goals. And he did it.
In 1980, Gatti was already one of the most important goalkeepers in the history of Argentine soccer. He had made his debut in 1962 in Atlanta, then he played in River, Gimnasia y Unión, and in 1976 he arrived in Boca. From the hand of This Juan Carlos Lorenzo, He was multi-champion and stayed forever, until his retirement in 1988.
Diego had already made merits to be considered the best player in the world. But it was still missing. He had debuted in October 1976 at the age of 15 and at 20 he had already been crowned top scorer four times in Primera’s tournaments: Metropolitano 1978 (with 22), Metropolitano 1979 (14), Nacional 1979 (12) and Metropolitano 1980 (25) . It would also be the National 80 (17), championship in which the great dispute with the Loco Cats.
The tournament was played at full speed, Wednesday and Sunday, to play the finals before the end of the year. On Wednesday, October 29, in Santa Fe, Boca drew 0-0 with Unión. Taking advantage of the visit of the Xeneize to the capital of Santa Fe, Oscar Bergesio, journalist of the newspaper The Coast, He interviewed Gatti, asked him about Maradona, and the report was published on October 31.
The story has just been revealed by the Twitter account “Play & Rec Sports” on Saturday the 31st, four decades after the publication. The text of the note says: “Maradona is a very good player, the best of the moment, whom is inflating in an incredible way. Do you know what worries me? His physique … I have the feeling that in a few more years he won’t be able to contain his tendency to be chubby…”.
Bergesio told this Saturday: “Gatti he never told me that Maradona was a chubby. He said exactly what I posted in the note that they later deformed. The Loco I was not an idiot to declare that. “The truth is that the comment reached Diego’s ears.
Argentinos received Boca on the Vélez court on Sunday, November 9, 1980, for the 12th. National date. The Animal, who had been runner-up in the Metro, was the leader of Zone B with 16 points and Xeneize had 11 and needed to win to discount and continue with chances to get into the quarterfinals. Some 45 thousand people filled the stadium Jose Amalfitani, with capacity for more than 49 thousand.
The comment of Pedro Uzquiza in Clarion November 10: “Maradona… Maradona… Forty-five thousand souls in unison. And the remarkable thing is that more than half of those shouts came from the popular tribune, where the bulk of the Boca fans were located. Perhaps this has been the best testimony that the great player received since his debut in First Division. Because it is difficult to imagine the partiality of Boca chanting and applauding the name of a rival who had scored four goals. That’s how Diego Armando Maradona left the court ”.
Gatti had apologized to Diego before the game. And then he declared: “I hope Diego has understood me. At no time did I say that I was a chubby. I just thought that he should take care of his physique, because it doesn’t help him much. Over the years you will be in danger of your legs getting fat. Nothing else. He is the best player in the country ”.
The clarification of Loco It coincides with what the journalist said and time proved him right in part, because after his retirement Diego had stages in which he was quite fat and even underwent a gastric bypass. But then he also said that he was “inflated”.
However, Uzquiza’s note in Clarion: “Maradona was not satisfied. Humanly everything was solved, but self-love was stronger. He confessed to Jorge Cyterszpiler: ‘I decided to score two goals, but after what he said, I’m going to score four. I promise that I will make four. And anyway ‘. And he fulfilled ”.
Argentinos thrashed 5-3 and qualified for the quarterfinals of the tournament that Rosario Central would achieve. Boca started winning with a goal from Jorge Ribolzi penalty and Diego tied the same way. Increase Silvano Espíndola free kick and equalized Mario Zanabria also free kick. The 3-2, before the end of the first half, was done by Maradona with that surprising free kick that got into the other angle.
At the start of the final part, chest stop in the area and subtle touch of the left foot for the 4-2. Then the 5-2 with another free kick straight to goal. About the end, he discounted the Tiger Ricardo Gareca. After the four goals, Diego had to go to the anti-doping control (he shared that moment with Oscar Ruggeri) and later traveled to Los Angeles with the National Team.
Three months later, Diego would make his debut with the Boca shirt, would be Gatti’s teammate and would achieve his only title with a club in the country. But that day, on the Vélez court, he won a typical duel of the time and made history. As Uzquiza testified in Clarion, a journalist commented after 5-3: “I am lucky to have seen it. Someday I will tell my grandchildren that I commented on the game in which Maradona scored four goals against Gatti and was applauded by the Boca fans ”.