What Ponzio stands for

The tribute that Leo Ponzio received this Wednesday has less of a cult to a revered person than of the values ​​that this celebrated idol has represented. And it has less than milestones that marked an extraordinary trajectory, the title record in a club populated by championsthat of unfindable intangibles in statistics books.

Ponzio did not grow up in River, but he became fond of his first time at the club, as much as to come back at the worst time in its history, when you had to leave the B and refound it sportingly. He still had a contract in euros in Zaragoza, impossible to replicate here, and he decided to return, to fatigue the courts of Ascent and travel the country in search of the return to First.

The fans with the posters: “Eternal Captain” (EFE / Juan Ignacio Roncoroni).

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His game was not glamorous, no; even if he delivered all the balls to his teammates and was able to nail goals from outside the areahis was always darker and hardworking, sacrificed and courageous. Without the glitter of the superstars, Ponzio was the one who could not miss. The image of him remembered of him is that of the bloody pants, that of the man who leaves every last drop.

Was the the indomitable character that Gallardo injected into the team to go to international conquest, an undisputed captain, a coach’s vicar on the field and within the group. in there, his exemplarity, his professionalism and his humility they pointed the way to others; he led and even molded leaders.

Gallardo and Francescoli, presences in the tribute to Ponzio (Photo Télam).

Gallardo and Francescoli, presences in the tribute to Ponzio (Photo Télam).

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Like everyone else, it will be difficult for him to assume that, with this symbolic closure at the Monumental (he had not played since the end of 2021), he entered the dreaded day after of the footballer.

Your life now changes, and you either choose to gallop your horses in the fields and eat barbecues without guilt, or transmit within football the values ​​that he defendedthat affection of thousands of fans, the respect of his rivals and the grateful presence of so many cumpas (and even crack tennis, cars, polo) was a beautiful way to start his new path.

Source: www.ole.com.ar

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