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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 05:36 PM

4. May he indeed. Peace was always elusive to him, as adamant and erratic as he could often be

I suspect one of Maradona's favorite songs was "My Way."

He was frank, bold and kind - but also willful and rash. And that got him into trouble with a lot of influential people, as well as with friends who cared about him.

He was also very demanding of himself, and his guilt pangs led to a lot of self-destructive behavior (hard drinking, mainly).

The gastric bypass surgery in 2005 gave him a new lease on life, and he really seemed to be back - until his disappointing stint as Argentine national team manager in the 2010 World Cup.

Everyone blamed him for the poor showing - and he knew they were right, what with all that risky tinkering with player positions (for reasons no one understood). After 2010, his weight began ballooning again, and his health suffered.

It's been reported in Argentina that after surgery for a head injury three weeks ago, he demanded to go home much sooner than what doctors recommended. As always, it was hard to contradict el Diego.

And in the end, that got the best of him.

I thought you might appreciate footage from some of the many popular tributes taking place right now in Argentina, Judi. As a man of the people, most of his fans are working-class - just like he was.

No translations, sadly; but some things don't really need it.

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