The night was set up so that the protagonist was Leonardo Ponzio, containment midfielder and eternal captain of River Plate, who starred in his farewell match with various “millionaire” figures at the Monumental.
The duel featured some old trans-Andean cracks like “Beto” Alonso, Marcelo Gallardo, Ariel Ortega, Hernán Díaz, Fernando Cavenaghi, Leonardo Astrada, Andrés D’Alessandro.
However, 26 minutes into the game, the one who stole the film was River’s current technical secretary, Enzo Francescoli, who at 60 years old had no problem getting the ball between four rivals, throwing a self-pass with a pipe included, to define with great class before the departure of goalkeeper Germán Lux.
Ponzio, who turned out to be one of those eluded, laughed and refused to believe what he was seeing, while Marcelo “Muñeco” Gallardo (current River’s manager), from the bench, smiled, incredulous at what he had just seen.
The Uruguayan played for the Argentine club in two stages between the 80’s and 90’s (being Marcelo Salas’s partner at the end), becoming an idol in his role as a striker, and earning the nickname “El Principe” for his elegant style. game, which seems to have no expiration date.
“Close the court,” declared the rapporteur. “You can’t believe what Francescoli did, for God’s sake!” Meanwhile, the commentator declared: “What a great goal, is it the current Francescoli or the one who played in the 80’s and 90’s?”
Meanwhile, from the stands the choir of the fans was heard: “Enzooo, Enzooo, Oléee, oléee, oléee, oléeee”.