September 30, 2004

In search of Dieguito.: Inside every fat man, they say, there is a thin man trying to get out. In the case of Maradona, it seems, there is an even fatter man trying to get in.

posted by dng to soccer at 09:24 PM - 20 comments

posted by dng at 09:25 PM on September 30, 2004

dng: Did you post the photo to suggest that Maradona has now eaten those six opponents? Cause he surely looked mighty portly in the photo I saw last week.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:04 PM on September 30, 2004

Martin Amis wrote that? Fucking cool article. He's all about the evil that men do.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 01:37 AM on October 01, 2004

Nice work dng - enthralling stuff for those of us young enough at the time to have been transfixed by Maradonna on the pitch and to have felt utterly let down by his subsequent fall from grace. Interesting to know he had a connection with Ben Johnson - they are both connected in my mind as people I revered and then despised (and now feel sorry for).

posted by JJ at 03:19 AM on October 01, 2004

The most talented footballer ever to grace a pitch. And a cheat. I wouldn't piss on him if he was on fire. Great article though dng.

posted by squealy at 04:35 AM on October 01, 2004

Have you ever seen fat burn? It would take a hell of a lot more than piss to do anything other than sting if "El Diego" was "con feugo"

posted by JJ at 06:18 AM on October 01, 2004

Great picture!

posted by StarFucker at 08:45 AM on October 01, 2004

I totally lost all admiration for Maradona after the "Hand of God" incident. I used to cheer crazily for him and get mad at every cynical player of the four-man marking teams who hacked him down. But he lost me when he cheated England and then so slimily suggested it was a divine gift. I think his descent into the hells of druggie fat bastardom began after that travesty.

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:29 PM on October 01, 2004

Great article/link, even for those of us who only lightly follow soccer. Thanks.

posted by tieguy at 01:41 PM on October 01, 2004

The article itself was superb. I have no respect whatsoever for him as a person or even as a sportsman, but by god the guy could play. I don't know if it's sad or karmic that he's having such a horrible decade, and I daren't actually judge. But I've never seen him portrayed as sympathetically as he was there. Beautiful writing.

posted by chicobangs at 01:59 PM on October 01, 2004

Next band name = "El Diego en Fuego".

posted by yerfatma at 02:20 PM on October 01, 2004

Whatever, like i was saying in a previous thread. If we had more like Maradona, i wouldn't fall asleep during the Birmingham-Bolton game last week! What a fucking snoozer.

posted by StarFucker at 02:26 PM on October 01, 2004

Even Maradona couldn't save a Birmingham-Bolton game from being a snoozer. Hoohoohoo.

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:29 PM on October 01, 2004

That's Bolton-Birmingham in English. The idea is to get points, not entertain cable tv viewers. Remember, there's trillions of channels to choose from.

posted by squealy at 06:26 PM on October 01, 2004

Revelations! I once was blind, but now I see.

posted by worldcup2002 at 06:45 PM on October 01, 2004

Ooo, an excerpt from Maradona's book. Mainly about his two goals in that England v Argentina match, and a little bit about the Pope and Castro.

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:20 AM on October 02, 2004

The Pope, baby!

posted by StarFucker at 08:47 PM on October 02, 2004

I was waiting for Maradona to say "The Pope, what a bastard."

I met the Pope. It was disappointing. He gave a rosary to my mum, La Tota. He gave a rosary to Claudia. When it came to my turn he said to me, in Italian, "This one's special, just for you." I was very nervous. As we walked around I asked my old girl to show me hers, and it was the same as mine. So I went back and asked him, "Excuse me, Your Holiness, what is the difference between mine and my mother's?" He didn't answer. He just looked at me, gave me a pat on the back, smiled and carried on walking. Total lack of respect! Diego, stop busting my balls - I've got people waiting for me. That's what that pat meant. Of course I was angry with him.

posted by worldcup2002 at 01:43 AM on October 03, 2004

Heh heh..."Diego, stop busting my balls - I've got people waiting for me. That's what that pat meant." The Pope is a funny dude... Maybe it was special just for him, but he didn't take a closer look...who knows. Anyway, thats funny shit.

posted by StarFucker at 08:40 AM on October 04, 2004


posted by worldcup2002 at 01:25 PM on October 04, 2004

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