Demonstrating since childhood in Independiente de Avellaneda, Merida signed him to play in Spain, although he went to Mallorca quickly to start writing your LaLiga story. Leo Franco, sincere and serious, as much as he was on the playing field, gave an interview to the Youtube channel Ídolos in where he spoke of Simeone, Atlético de Madrid and the best forward he faced, none other than Raúl González Blanco.
SIMEONE, THE KEY OF ATLÉTICO DE MADRID: “Simeone already imagined his future as a coach. He is passionate about football. Very few coaches have his work capacity, he is a soccer lover. A guy who works a lot. There are times when coaches hit a team. Cholo’s success at Atlético de Madrid is that only with his presence he is already on the key. He represents many things and when he arrives at Atlético he does it with great force. It is on the key because it is the history of the club. It is the history of Atleti, like Luis Aragonés“.
TO THE ATHLETIC TO FALL IN LOVE: “Before signing with Atlético they told me it’s a club that you fall in love with, that’s why i signed. When I arrived, I had to sign with three auditors because the club was under intervention. When I left, I left him in his second participation in the Champions League“.
THE WHITE CURSE OF ATLÉTICO DE MADRID: “With all the clubs I was lucky enough to beat Real Madrid. Not with Atlético. However, we could beat Barcelona. There was a game with Madrid, we played at the Calderón and lost 0-3. We left the stadium applauded for how we played. We had danced to Real Madrid. That game was incredible, we dominated … but we couldn’t win“.
RAÚL, THE FUSION OF MESSI AND CRISTIANO: “The best forward for me was Raúl González. It was Messi and Cristiano together in his time. It was crazy“.
ANECDOTE WITH FORLAN: “Playing against Villarreal with Atlético de Madrid we were winning 2 to 1 and I always tried to make time. Then Diego Forlan would come and tell me ‘don’t do it for a long time that he won’t reach you’. We were going for the 80th minute and in the end we lost 3 to 2, with a goal from him and another from Sorín“.
THE QUALITY OF ARIEL IBAGAZA: “Ariel Ibagaza played football a second before everyone else. He was the one who gave us (Mallorca) all the offensive part. He told Walter Pandiani and Samuel Eto’o “You guys run ahead, I’ll leave the ball for you there”.