Andres D’ALESSANDRO spoke about Diego MARADONA and regarding the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
D’ALESSANDRO has had a storied career. An extremely talented playmaker, he only ever got 28 caps for the Argentina National Team. Juan Roman RIQUELME, Pablo AIMAR and Juan Sebastian VERON were always ahead of the former River Plate man in the pecking order for the Argentina. However, his time in Brazil with Internacional was a successful one, having won the Copa Libertadores in 2010 with the club.
With the 2010 FIFA World Cup coinciding with the peak of his career and Diego MARADONA infamously calling up over 100 players, it was strange that D’ALESSANDRO never got a chance under Diego. In a recent interview with Perros de la Calle, the 2004 Olympic Gold medalist spoke about not even making an Argentina list during that time. Now 36 years old, here’s what he had to say:
Andres D’ALESSANDRO on the Diego MARADONA and the 2010 World Cup:
“2010 was one of the best years of my career. It was really strange not being called up. after having played five finals in 2009 in Brazil and being voted as the best player in the America’s. He didn’t even call me up to the squad. If I remember correctly, at the time, about 130 players were called.”
“It was more than just football. My brother was in a relationship with one of his daughters. I never spoke to him about it but there are certain things you know about,”
“I respect him, El Diego is El Diego for me too. I have my opinion and he has his. I still have my thoughts about it and no one will change my mind about it. I know what happened and I can imagine how it was. But anyways, that was years ago.”
Following MARADONA’s departure and with Sergio BATISTA at the helm, D’ALESSANDRO was called-up for a few friendly matches but did not make the 2011 Copa America squad for Argentina.