It was not a surprise visit for Marcelo Gallardobut that did not stop it from generating enormous joy in the hours before the match River This Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. against Colo Colo. El Muñeco received his namesake and friend Marcelo Salas at the hotel The Ritz Carlton’s Santiago de Chile, where is the campus housed. The meeting also served for the Matador to take the latest model of the Band’s shirt and chat for a while with the main directors of the club: President Jorge Brito and the deputies Matías Patanian and Ignacio Villarroel. A luxury for them. And a treat for the coach.
Salas and Gallardo in the celebrations of the 1997 Super Cup, the last international tournament that River had celebrated before the Muñeco cycle as DT. Photo: AFP.
One of the last public meetings of the Gallardo with Salas, together with and Francescoli in Punta del Este.
Salas did not want to miss the opportunity to give Gallardo a big hug, with whom he established a great relationship both on and off the pitch at Ramón Díaz’s glorious River, which won the three-time championship and the Super Cup in 1997.. El Muñeco and el Matador formed a wonderful partnership on that team. And the contact between them not only lasted when the Chilean was sold to Lazio in 1998 and MG continued his career at Monaco in 1999. The bond was strengthened at a distance and in June 2003 they returned together to Núñez to join the team. who directed Manuel Pellegrini.
El Matador and El Muñeco in the stage of their return to Núñez, in the winter of 2003: they joined Engineer Pellegrini’s squad.
The historic River of Ramón Díaz that they shared. In this formation, with Burgos; Hernan Diaz, Celso Ayala, Berizzo, Sorin; Escudero, Astrada, Berti; Gallant; Francescoli and Salas.
The footprint of Salas in River
The Matador de Temuco arrived at the Millionaire in July 1996, days after the team from La Rioja won the second Copa Libertadores in the club’s history. He played a total of 116 games in his two stages and scored 48 goals (0.41 average) in addition to contributing 27 assists. He also took four Olympic laps: the local Tri (Apertura 96, Clausura 97 and Apertura 97) and the Super Cup.
Logically, Salas not only went to greet Gallardo but also transmitted the best energy in the River squad for the match against Colo Colo, a classic rival for the idol of the University of Chile.