Sport When Le Figaro met Diego Maradona

00:00  26 november  2020
00:00  26 november  2020 Source:   sport24.lefigaro.fr

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  Quand Le Figaro rencontrait Diego Maradona © Panoramic

“I had the chance to meet Diego Maradona, the god of football, in two circumstances. It was both an honor and a happiness. Even though our last meeting left a bitter taste in my throat. It was in May 1990 in Civittavecchia, a small town sixty kilometers north of Rome where Argentina, victorious in the 1986 World Cup, was preparing for "he world". Obviously the interview with the Pibe was essential ... I had prepared a few questions because I only had three minutes to question him.

And I started asking a first question: "Diego, don't you find regrettable the absence of the France team during this next edition?" N ° 10's response burst out, icy: "Is that your first question?" you don't even start by asking me about my news, I was injured six months ago ... "My clumsiness had made me blush. No matter how much I apologize, I admit that the star had given me a hell of a lesson in journalism.

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Four years earlier in Toulouse, which hosted Napoli in the UEFA Cup, the interview had gone better. In 1986, the media visits were less formal than today and I had the chance to go upstairs to the rooms of the Neapolitan players housed in Blagnac. Maradona was sitting on the floor outside her bedroom, her back against the wall. I asked him if I wasn't bothering him. He said he hadn't eaten yet, but he could give me two minutes. And, aiming facetiously at my slightly plump stomach, I understood that perhaps he envied me a little ...

Besides, I allowed myself to talk to him about the Roquefort cream which had closed my lunch. He hissed in admiration and I continued. With real questions on the first leg where Toulouse had suffered but held (1-1) at the San Paoli stadium before qualifying the next day ... ”

Testimony collected from Dominique Pagnoud, major reporter for the sports department of Figaro.

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