Soccer has no memory. The level of demand in the beautiful game is highest in all categories, but especially in the professionals and, even more so, in the elite of clubs and national teams. Players are used as merchandise with programmed obsolescence and, when they reach a certain age, they begin to put them aside. The early footballing old age (sometimes it even arrives before 35), takes the stars to oblivion and the steps backwards. It is very difficult to continue at the first level; experience and gallons are unlisted and they only descend the statistical nightmare of market values. However, some players do manage to stay and, despite indexes and statistics, they continue to fight. Bonucci and Chiellini, Italy’s eternal couple, are one of the clearest examples.
Football has no memory, but luckily we do, sometimes more than we should. We cannot forget and, after championships like this European Championship, remind you how many times they have wanted to withdraw Bonucci and, above all, Chiellini. The two centrals were singled out after Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup. Three years ago they were already accused of forming an elephant graveyard line. The contempt of senescence has survived even this season after the failure of Juventus. Although the criticism turned towards the attack, many voices clamored to renew the defense, which was already too many years and they could not continue at a good level.
They never gave up and have taught a lesson in how to defend at the Euro. The great protagonists of Italy because, despite the changes in style, defense will always reign in the azzurri. Chiellini and Bonucci have been paramount. 36 and 34 years respectively. Legs with 36 and 34 years who have endured three overtimes in four games, complete and with physical waste. Relentless and unsurpassed.
A new generation of Italians wants to rule, but they have known how to respect wisdom and look to their bosses. The old guard, the men who have already fought the great battles, who know defeats and victories, the leaders behind. Chiellini and Bonucci have made a Eurocup to frame. Heroes of Italy.