When Maradona chose Boca Juniors and River Plate rejected

When Maradona chose Boca Juniors and River Plate rejected
Maradona is an icon in the history of Argentine football and Boca Juniors (Photo: Pinterest)

Last update November 26, 2020 by Javier Argudo

Diego Armando Maradona It is a legend Boca Juniors and football in general. Today we will review the early years of the career of Argentine star when he chose blue and yellow jersey before that of the red stripe, a decision that changed the history of football.


'The fuzz’ He started his career at Argentinos Juniors where he soon surprised everyone who saw him play. He debuted in the First Division at the incredible age of 15 years something that already makes perfectly clear that we were facing a very precocious talent. Two years later he was concentrated with the Albiceleste but coach, César Luis Menotti, He decided not to summon him for World held in Argentina in 1978 because of his youth.

Despite not being striker managed a record in Argentine soccer. The shirt of Argentinos Juniors got to be top scorer on five occasions (Metropolitan 1978, Metropolitan and National 1979, Metropolitan and National 1980).


That was when he arrived offers from the best clubs in the country. Obviously River Plate Y Boca Juniors They showed a great interest in having their services and '10’ I had to decide between becoming xeneize or a millionaire. River started with advantage as it had good economic health at the time and offered him a contract with a salary equal to the player who earned that year 1981 in their ranks: El Pato Fillol.

Conversely, Boca Juniors I was plunged into an economic crisis and could not take the pass Maradona or match the offer of its rival. But nevertheless, Diego had it clear and put everything in their power to sign for the club The Bombonera. He was finally given by Argentinos Juniors for a year and a half and debuted with blue and yellow jersey a 20 February 1981 scoring twice. The 10 April the same year he played his first Super classic which he ended with a resounding 3-0 Boca with two goals Brindisi and one spectacular Diego off the dribble and leave on the floor several rivals including goalkeeper Fillol.

Boca Juniors 1981
Mythical formation of Boca Juniors in 1981 with Maradona and Gatti among other illustrious players (Photo: Wikipedia)

The rest is history. Maradona He conducted a series of stellar performances with Boca Juniors shirt that served to make the leap to Europe from the hand of Barcelona and later Naples where he became a God. Of course I put his name in letters of gold in the World 1986 who won Argentina and returned at the end of her career to return to wear the shirt of Boca club, the club of his life, in his beloved Bombonera.


Javier Argudo

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