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|Maradona Brought Joy To Millions Of People —Pope by lalasticlalawife(m): 1:08pm On Jan 02|
With a ball made from rags and surging adrenaline, the young Jorge Bergoglio and his friends pulled off “ miracles ” playing football in the street , Pope Francis recalled on Saturday .
Now 84 , the Argentine pope remembered “the joy , the happiness on everyone ’ s faces , ” after the 1946 victory of his Buenos Aires team , San Lorenzo , in a 31 -page interview about sport published Saturday in Italy ’ s La Gazzetta dello Sport .
The first pope from Latin America called Diego Maradona a “poet ” on the field , as he weighed in on the joys of sport .
Expounding on themes of hard work , sacrifice and camaraderie , Francis shared memories of the makeshift footballs that sufficed to exhilarate him and his boyhood friends.
“Leather cost too much and we were poor, rubber wasn ’ t used so much yet , but for us all we needed was a ball of rags to amuse ourselves and to create miracles , almost, playing in the little square near home , ” Francis said.
Acknowledging he was “not among the best” of the footballers, Bergoglio played goalkeeper, which he characterised as a good school for learning how to respond to “ dangers that could arrive from anywhere”.
The pontiff — described by the paper as “ a pope of the people in the most noble sense of the term ” — touched on the need for teamwork and working towards a shared goal .
“Either you play together , or you risk crashing . That ’ s how small groups , capable of staying united , succeed in taking down bigger teams incapable of working together , ” he said.
The interview , which took place in early December at the Vatican , also saw the pope condemn doping in sport and stress the need to nurture talent through hard work .
“It ’ s not only a cheat , a shortcut that revokes dignity , but it ’ s also wanting to steal from God that spark which , through his mysterious ways , he gave to some in a special and greater form , ” he said.
Francis called the Olympics “one of the highest forms of human ecumenism ”, involving “sharing effort for a better world ”.
– Fragile poet –
He recalled meeting Argentine footballer Maradona , who died in November , during a “match for peace ” in Rome in 2014 .
“On the field he was a poet , a great champion who brought joy to millions of people, in Argentina as well as Naples . He was also a very fragile man , ” Francis said.
The pontiff said that after learning of Maradona ’ s death , he prayed for him and sent a rosary to his family with some words of comfort .
The pope, who has made inclusion of marginalised people one of the central themes of his papacy , shared his amazement and emotion at the accomplishments of the athletes who compete in the Paralympic Games , while expressing disappointment at “ rich champions ” turned “ sluggish , almost bureaucrats of their sport . ”
Sport , he said, was marked by the efforts of so many of those who , “with sweat on their brows ” beat those born with “ talent in their pockets ”
“The poor thirst for redemption: give them a book , a pair of shoes , a ball and they show themselves capable of unimaginable achievements . ”
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|Re: Maradona Brought Joy To Millions Of People —Pope by peacekante: 1:25pm On Jan 02|
Diego was and is the greatest of all time after pele.
My top 10 GOAT
4, Ronaldo Delinma
5, Christiano Ronaldo
7, Johan Cryuff
8, De Stefano
10, Garhincha / Frank Berkambuer.
|Re: Maradona Brought Joy To Millions Of People —Pope by lalasticlalawife(m): 5:03pm On Jan 02|
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