5 pearls of the tribute to Ponzio: entry into Batman mode, Francescoli’s luxury that made Gallardo jump and Bologna’s “blooper”

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What left the exciting farewell to Leonardo Ponzio in the Monumental.

Leonard Ponzio had his great farewell to football before a crowd that filled the stadium Monumental as in the great days to witness a game starring real stars from different times of the River Plate institution, as well as other sports classes such as tennis, polo, motor racing, and also the artistic world.

“Thank you for coming to share this night with me. Thanks guys. You know that you put me in this place and gave me the value that is the best thing that can happen to a person and that is human value. Thanks to my family. I’m adopted into this house (raised at Newell’s). I don’t know what to say because I have a lot of emotion. I don’t know how to explain it because it has no explanation. There are things that surpass one and this surpassed everything: Thank you very much, seriously”, was the speech that Ponzio gave before the 65,000 attendees at the Monumental.

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In the “Batman” style, this is how Leonardo Ponzio entered his farewell at the River Plate Monumental.

Behind the plaque and a painting with the 23 shirt and the legend “The eternal captain”, signed by his former teammates and delivered by Jorge Brito and Rodolfo D’Onofrio, current president and former boss of the club, respectively. There was also another one framed with his career achievements and the captain’s ribbon that he wore for so many years. Among the pearls to highlight was the unusual entrance to the field of play that they prepared for Leonardo Ponzio: with a cape and a hood that prevented him from seeing the imposing frame that was there.

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The pearl of the night was at the feet of Enzo Francescoli, who scored a great goal at the Monumental.

Once the long-awaited meeting has begun, Enzo Francescoli got the biggest ovation, and not only because of what the Uruguayan meant for the club, but because of the great goal he scored. As in the best times of him in the game changes, stacked up five rivals, overcame them in a pure slalom, the last one with a masterful spout, and defined to one side before the desperate exit of goalkeeper Augusto Batalla.

Of course, the ovation was not long in coming, along with the classic “Enzooo Enzooo” that was heard so much on this legendary stage in the 80s and 90s, glorious years for River Plate in which the Uruguayan shone. It was such a surprise that from the bench of substitutes Marcelo Gallardo shot out and I couldn’t believe it. with gestures of close the stadium Leonardo Ponzio and other teammates went to congratulate him after that delightful goal.

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Francescoli’s goal that made Marcelo Gallardo jump off the bench.

Although initially it was speculated that the Gallardo doll play a few minutes, as was announced in the previous, some problems that drag in the right knee they were prevented. However, this was not a problem for the winningest coach in the history of River Plate to say present at the farewell of the most successful footballer.

Other of the little things left by the exciting farewell to Leonardo Ponzio was the Beto Bologna blooperwho left him served the goal to former tennis player, David Nalbandian. Diego Millito also scored a goal, who had nothing to do with River Plate in his career, but who was Leo’s teammate at Zaragoza in Spain (also with Gabriel, who didn’t miss the party either).

And of course the goals from Ortega, Dàlessandro, “Nacho” Fernández, “Chori” Domínguez and Braian Romero, who scored the final 7-6 in favor of Ponzio’s team, could not be missing.

Enzo Pérez made another stop at River Plate, as happened in an official Copa Libertadores match against Independiente Santa Fe (Télam)

Another great moment was when Enzo Pérez dressed as a goalkeeper again as it happened in that historic Copa Libertadores match against Independiente Santa Fe in the 2021 edition. And why not when Ponzio put on his gloves and saved a penalty kick from Pérez himselfwhich brought a big smile to everyone present.

The match, which was controlled by the well-known River Plate fan referee, Pablo Lunati, took part in the starting shirt (directed by Matías Biscay) Julio Chiarini; Emmanuel Mammana, Jonatan Maidana and Bruno Urribarri; Ariel Rojas, Leonardo Ponzio, Nicolás Bertolo and Ariel Ortega; Juan Fernando Quintero; Fernando Cavenaghi and Enzo Francescoli. With the alternative jacket (led by Hernán Buján) Germán Lux enlisted; Hernán Díaz, Javier Pinola, Bruno Zuculini and Milton Casco; Ignacio Fernández, Enzo Pérez and Andrés D’alessandro; Alejandro Dominguez, Lucas Pratto and Ignacio Sccoco.

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Leo Ponzio’s penalty and goal.

In the second half, team A fielded Enrique Bologna; Paulo Ferrari, Danilo Gerlo and Martin Aguirre; Marcelo Escudero Augusto Fernández, Ponzio, Nicolás Domingo and Fernando Belluschi (Braian Romero); Sebastián Abreu and Iván Alonso (Mauro Rosales). And B did it with Augusto Batalla; Pablo Erbín (Pedro Alfonso), Guillermo Coria (Nicolás Pieres), Luciano Vella (Gonzalo Pieres), Facundo Ardusso (David Nalbandián), Alvaro De Aquino (Guillermo Marino), Maximiliano Rodríguez, Luciano Galleti (Hilario Ulloa), Diego Milito (Facundo Pieres) and Ernesto Farías (Javier Brizuela).

Also present were David Trezeguet, Leonardo Astrada, Jonathan Botinelli, Matías Kranevitter, Rodrigo Mora, Cristian Ferreira, Lucas Beltrán, David Martínez, Leandro González Pirez, Elías Gómez, José Paradela, Santiago Simón, Agustín Palavecino, Esequiel Barco, Matías Suarez, Miguel Borja and Pablo Solari. In addition, the polo players Gonzalo, Nicolás and Facundo Pieres, the motorist Facundo Ardusso and the actor Pedsro Alfonso) played.

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The 23rd minute, one of the most exciting moments in the farewell to Leo Ponzio, in tribute to the historic number he wore in River Plate.

The match was stopped at 23 minutes of the first half so that the entire stadium gave a heartfelt ovation and unanimous applause to the Santa Fe native from Las Rosas, who filled everyone with emotion in the midst of the fun that resulted from that “confrontation”. Other good times were experienced when the Crazy Sebastian Abreu generated a great reaction with his inevitable penalty goal biting the ball.

With some new and heartfelt words at the end, Leo was surprised with the appearance of his daughter in the stadium. Also, Soledad Pastorutti performed an exciting song to close the day with an Olympic lap, while the sky lit up with fireworks.

The emblematic “23” in the world of sports (it was that of Michael Jordan in the Chicago Bulls) will already be hanging in a painting on a wall of his house, while the fans will continue to wave that flag that has, among others, nothing less than the images of Ángel Labruna, Francescoli, Ramón Díaz, Amadeo Carrizo, Ortega, Gallardo and Norberto Alonso, who today kicked off the closing of the other “Great Captain’s” career.

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