Diego Maradona: The embodiment of everything that is wrong with Latin America
Never mind those Dos X beer commercials featuring "the most interesting man in the world."
How about a World Cup show featuring the most disgusting man in the world?
This essay from Panama lays it all out. Ultimately-- when you examine 21st century socialism closely -- you must conclude that it is fueled by hypocrisy and that its preferred fuel additives are greed and bad taste.
Warning: May induce vomiting.
From The Canal:
By Belen Marty
Maradona’s Personal Marketing: Humble Socialist Paid Millions in Euros
I’m a woman, let me warn you, because I’m going to talk a little about soccer. Diego Armando Maradona was the best player in the history of the sport, leaving behind personalities like Di Stéfano, Pelé, Zidane and other gifted athletes. He was not only the best player, but also one of the most intelligent people in the soccer industry.+
Why do I say this? Because he says and does what the market demands. The former head coach of Argentina’s national team is now a TV host, along with ultra-Kirchnerista journalist Victor Hugo Morales. Together, they put on a show called “De Zurda,”a joint-production from Argentina’s public Channel 7 and Venezuela’s Telesur.
The superstar’s fee is the modest, socialist sum of €4 million for a two-year contract, according to the Spanish website confidencial.com. Of course, guests on the show so far are figures that flirt with Maduro’s socialism or Correa’s interventionism. They even interviewed Evo Morales!
This is why I say Maradona’s smart. He has Che Guevara tattooed on one arm, and is an admirer and frequent guest of Castro in Cuba. He has criticized the capitalist “bourgeois” and even the Vatican’s gold. However, his business ventures after retiring from professional soccer – and off drugs – have always been accompanied by hefty contracts and fat checks.
We don’t see him off in Kenya or Niger, in Bangladesh or the Philippines. Instead, he’s at the United Arab Emirates, or in Brazil, selling what people in these countries demand. In Venezuela and Argentina, what sells is “being progressive,” and defending the rhetoric of Hugo Chávez every chance he gets.
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