Promotion before Belgrano de Córdoba. River falls and descends to the First National B. The institution red hot. The phone rang for debts of the Pasarella management and also for the representatives of the players, who were looking for a quick exit from a sunken ship. But a handful of courageous people contacted each other to lend a hand.
One was Leonardo Ponzio, who resigned part of his salary at Zaragoza to terminate his contract without problems and return to River Plate. He arrived in 2012 and – as everyone knows – he achieved promotion to the First Division. And something else…
Argentine Cup Champion. League Champion. Champion of the Libertadores. Champion of the South American. Suruga Bank Champion. Champion of the Super Cup. Winner of the Recopa. And so he became the most winning man in the history of the Millionaire with 15 titles.
For this and for his warmth and human identification with the public, it was not another night at the Stadium Monumental. At 23 minutes into the first half, red-and-white balloons with the name of Leo Ponzio and a total ovation fell on the field of play. Added to a flag with the idols where it became part. Sitting from the bench, glassy eyes and raised hands.
This is how a living legend of the Millionaire, with humility and accepting the decision of its best manager Marcelo Gallant to be on the bench in a moment that will be immortalized in his heart.
No one will forget their gesture, their titles and their resilience. Because not many remember that on his return he was criticized by fans despite deciding to leave the Old Continent for trying to erase the stain of relegation. Argentine soccer and River Plate must work to never get away from him again.
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