Maradona lived friendship with Careca on and off the field

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For Maradona, the best player he played with was bald. The revelation was made in an interview for FIFA in 2017. The Argentine and the Brazilian formed in Napoli one of the great attacking pairs of world football between the late 80s and early 90s.

The excellent relationship on the field earned the Italian club a UEFA Cup (1988/1989), an Italian Championship (1989/1990) and an Italian Super Cup (1990). Outside, a friendship that continued after the career took different paths. Maradona sometimes spent his holidays in Campinas, Careca’s hometown. The Brazilian was also going to visit the Argentine star in Buenos Aires.




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Careca did not want to give interviews after his friend’s death and spoke only on social media. “Sir, speechless. Our friend, Brother Diego left for his kingdom. Please welcome him with open arms. He was and will always be special to all of us,” wrote Careca on Instagram with a photo of the duo in the times of Napoli .

The Brazilian press kept looking for Careca whenever something happened to Maradona. At every health problem, at every hospitalization, at every new step in the troubled life of the Argentine, Napoli’s companion was called upon to give his opinion.

In 1991, when Maradona printed the newspaper headlines when he was arrested in Buenos Aires with half a kilo of cocaine at his home, the Brazilian friend spoke to Estadão and took the opportunity to fight critics. “There are a lot of people who are laughing out loud at his misfortune.”

Eight years later, Maradona had already overdosed on cocaine and was at the end of his career on the pitch. Careca gave an interview to Estadão and talked a little about what the relationship with the partner was like.

“Although Brazilians and Argentines have a reputation for not biting too much, he and I made a very big and important friendship, which reflected a lot on the pitch, where we understood each other even in the dark. of the stadium that we already knew about our positions. We had a lot of fun and even today we always talk. He is a person I admire and is part of my family “, he said at the time.

Revealed by Guarani, from Campinas, Careca passed by São Paulo before going to play in Italy. The decision for Napoli was made because of Maradona. The striker had proposals from clubs in other European countries, but the option was made to act alongside the idol. “Each worked as a complement to the other. The success is simple to explain. In addition to the extraordinary technique that he had much more than me, neither was envious of the other.”

In 2004, Maradona was admitted to Argentina after yet another cocaine overdose. He was in a coma for a few days and had to undergo surgery to reduce his stomach. In addition to the use of drugs, Maradona had morbid obesity and therefore had to undergo the procedure.

At the time, Careca told Estadão that Maradona needed help and still hoped to see the Argentine turn around, despite being in the final stretch of his career. “He is a person who does no harm to anyone, only himself, who needs help. We are always available to lend a hand so that he can really recover from all this and be a great player again.”

RIVALRY – Maradona and Careca met only once in World Cups. It was in Italy, in 1990, for the round of 16. Neither of them performed brilliantly. But, even without being brilliant, the Argentine was decisive and the assistance for Caniggia to score the winning goal by 1 a 0 and guarantee your country in the next phase of the competition.

In addition to Careca, the Brazilian team also had the German midfielder, who was a Napoli player. According to the striker, the two had warned coach Sebastião Lazaroni that Maradona needed special attention. The coach did not want to hear them and opted for zone marking. In a counterattack, Maradona pulled from the middle and played for his free partner to eliminate Brazil.

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