May 23, 2022

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Athletic will hand over the "One Man" award to Riccardo Puccini

Athletic will hand over the “One Man” award to Riccardo Puccini

Former Argentine footballer Ricardo Enrique Puccini has confirmed that he will keep the ‘One Club Man’ award recognized by Athletic Club for his 20-year career at Independiente in the ‘best place’ of the vast cup treasury.

“It will be one of my great prizes”, He assured Boca at his press conference in San Mamés, where he will receive this Saturday, before the league match between Athletic and Valencia, the trophy that Bilbao gives to former players who wore only one shirt in the elite all the time. from his path.

“I am the first South American to receive it and it is the first award I have received outside of Argentina. I am very proud that a club as big as Athletic, known all over the world, gives me this privilege which I will share with all the children of Independiente,” he explained.

Boschini stressed that Rojo is his “second home”, after his home in Zarate, as well as his “life” and the club that “given everything” to him since he was 15 years old.

“I slept, had lunch and ate dinner at the Independiente pension. Tell me why I wouldn’t play elsewhere, but the pride I have been in Independiente for 20 years, having won so many titles and won the affection of the people until today there is no money to pay for it.”

The ten were also happy to share the tribute in this ‘One Club Man’ with footballers like Matt Le Tissier, Paolo Maldini, Sepp Maier, Carles Puyol, Billy McNeill or Ryan Giggs and especially to receive him 31 years after the call ended. Boots in 1991.

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This award comes a few months after Independiente decided to add the name Ricardo Enrique Puccini to their stadium, the Libertadores de America.

“It’s the most that can happen to a player. Even Maradona, when he was on the pitch with Independiente two years ago, said that the name of the stadium should be mine. In December the club decided to add it and for me it was one of my greatest joys as if he had won several trophies”, he admitted.

At the conclusion of the press conference, Puccini shared a conversation with fellow Argentine writer Eduardo Sacheri about Atletico Independiente.

This work was a showcase for the “Letras y Fútbol 2022” festival organized by the Athletic Foundation. Along with Bochini and Sacheri, journalist Jorge Barraza was at “La Catedral” to talk “on the legend” of Rojo and “the general performance of the world,” referring to the title of Sacher’s last book.