The lawyer Angelo Pisani is the man who saved Diego Armando Maradona from the clutches of the Italian tax authorities by giving the ‘Pibe de Oro’ the opportunity to return freely to Italy without the risk of having his earrings or Rolex torn off his wrist for tax evasion.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with MailOnline Pisani, still in shock, Pisani talks about the sad solitary death of one of the world’s greatest footballers and his former client.
Anger is clear in Pisani’s voice as he speaks about the event which has dominated headlines the world over this week, with football losing arguably its greatest ever player to step onto the field.
‘From what we learn from the media in Argentina he died alone, incredible, that he slept alone without the presence and affection of family members after a surgical intervention,’ says Pisani. ‘This is crazy.’
Pisani also spoke of the choice of Neapolitan politics to build a statue in honor of Maradona and to name the stadium after him.
The lawyers recalls the most important aspect of the story: the last hours of the former Napoli star’s life, which he sees as the perfect photograph of the state of abandonment in which Maradona lived.
‘In Napoli he would not have died alone at home. Delays in medical aid will be ascertained but it is not normal that no one slept with him that evening. Everyone tells me that Maradona was alone on the last night.
‘I think it’s absurd. He had undergone a delicate brain surgery a few days ago. He had just been operated on his brain: he needed to have love”
‘His son Diego Junior would have been there near him had he not had Covid, he would have been next to him and would have showered him with affection and love.
‘I don’t think it was like that in Argentina. Diego Junior must know how his father died. We need to clarify. The boy loved his father and now is suffering.
‘Diego fell asleep alone and it is still not clear how he died. In Napoli he had real friends: he would have had the vigil and prayer of supporters outside his home, he would have had everyone close to him if he had chosen to be treated in Italy and in Napoli.’
Pisani recalls how the great affection of Napoli for the footballer has nothing to envy to the love shown by all of Argentina: for Pisani a single city of 2.8 million inhabitants paid greater love than an entire nation towards by Diego.
‘Napoli was the only city where Diego was happy. When I think about our video call while running on the treadmill, I feel like crying.
‘We had to lose weight together: it was his bet. He gave me such a big smile that I will never forget it. He shouted at me: “Angelone if you eat I see you!”.
‘It was he who asked how my son was born a few months. It was full of love.’
Kano Pillars FC Declares Player Missing
Kano Pillars FC of Kano has declared one of its players, Sunday Chinedu missing.
Idris Malikawa, Media Officer of the club, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Kano.
According to NAN Malikawa said that the player was given a four-day casual leave by Technical Adviser Lionel Soccio, to visit his family, but has yet to return two weeks after.
He said that the player has also not informed the club of his whereabouts.
“The Chairman of the club, Shuaibu Surajo, has given the player three days to return or face disciplinary action.
“We are doing our best to protect the interest and welfare of our players, but the club will not condone acts of indiscipline from them,” Malikawa said.
He urged all players in the club to remain focus on the task ahead.
Ronaldo Is The Second-Highest Goalscorer Of ALL-TIME As He Overtakes Pele
Cristiano Ronaldo overtook Pele as the second-highest goalscorer of all-time with a brace for Juventus in their 4-1 win against Udinese on Sunday.
The Portuguese forward scored his 757th and 758th goal of his illustrious career with the goals coming in either half as Andrea Pirlo’s side moved up to fifth in the Serie A table.
Pele registered 757 goals during his career for Santos, New York Cosmos and Brazil between 1956 and 1977, but now sits third in the all-time list with Ronaldo now one behind Josef Bican’s total of 759.
Ronaldo can equal then eclipse Bican when Juventus visit AC Milan on Wednesday night which will be a crucial match for the Serie A champions’ title defence.
Juventus sit ten points behind leaders Milan with a game in hand, though three points against Stefano Pioli’s side could haul them back into Scudetto contention.
Ronaldo now has 656 club career goals since his first season at Sporting Lisbon back in 2002, with the majority of the goals coming at Real Madrid.
The 35-year-old scored 450 goals in 438 appearances while playing in the Spanish capital though Ronaldo also has an esteemed goal tally on the international stage too.
The forward has 102 goals in 120 matches for Portugal and that tally is expected to grow as Fernando Santos’ side look to defend their European Championships title this summer.
It means former Manchester United man Ronaldo averages a whopping 42 goals-a-season over his 18-year career for both club and country.
Meanwhile, Barcelona captain Lionel Messi is behind Ronaldo in the all-time record for club and country with 742 goals, though the Argentinian forward has managed this total by playing 200 fewer career games than the Juventus star.
Messi also holds the record for the most goals scored for a single club – 644 goals – another record previously held by Pele until the Barcelona man broke it last month with a goal against Valladolid.
The Argentine has since given a bottle of Budweiser to every single goalkeeper he has scored against, with shot stoppers receiving multiple bottles if they conceded more than one goal.
Pele’s former club Santos, however, released a statement that Messi did not break the Brazilian forward’s record last month as he actually scored 1,091 during his 20th-century career.
Ronaldo’s brace against Juventus, meanwhile, was his 14th league goal of the season with the 35-year-old currently leading the Italian top-flight’s scoring charts.
Why I Get Mad At My Son Drinking Coke~Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo won’t pressure his son to become a footballer – even if the Juventus star does get irritated when he drinks coke and eats crisps.
Cristiano Junior, 10, plays in the Juventus academy but his famous father insists he doesn’t necessarily have to follow in his footsteps.
The Juventus and Portugal star, 35, was speaking after being named the Player of the Century at the Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai on Sunday night.
‘We’ll see if my son will become a great footballer,’ he said.
‘Sometimes he drinks coke and eats crisps and it irritates me, he knows that.
‘Sometimes I tell my son to take a dip in cold water to recover after a run on the treadmill and he says: ‘Dad, it’s so cold there’. That’s fine, he is only 10 years old.
‘I always tell him that it takes work and dedication to have success. I won’t pressure him to become a footballer but I would like it.
‘The most important thing is to become the best in his field, whether it is football or medicine.’
Cristiano Jr certainly made an impression during his first year in the Juventus academy after joining in 2018, scoring 58 times in 28 matches for the under-nine team, as well as providing 18 assists.
Tuttosport reported that he scored four goals on his debut for Juventus in September 2018 and in April 2019, he netted seven in a single half against Maritimo.
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