Javier Milei, the president who was a goalkeeper and has the clubs against him
by: Hani Kamal El-Din
‘Crazy’. That’s what they called a young goalkeeper with messy hair who played in the lower categories of Chacarita Juniors, in Buenos Aires. He was 12 years old. “He didn’t care about anything, he threw himself everywhere, he was one of those strong guys, big, half crazy,” said a former colleague of his in Infobae. That goalkeeper, now 53 years old, stripped of his gloves but with the same mane of hair, was Javier Milei, ultraliberal economist who has become the new president of Argentina.
Milei was goalkeeper, member of Boca Juniors and declared ‘bilardista’, as the newspaper Olé explains in a football profile of the current Argentine president. Recently, he put everyone the Argentine teams and the federation against. One of his ideas is that Argentine clubs can become Anonymous Societies.
The leader of La Libertad Avanza played in the Chacarita Juniors youth team and faced players like Simeone or Juanjo Borrelli. As they explain, When he put himself under the three sticks, Milei was transformed. “When he saved, he converted. It was putting on his shirt and doing crazy things inside the goal, he would dive headfirst, things that you would say: this guy is completely crazy,” explains Perico Pérez, with whom he shared a team.
Between “calm” and “haughty”
For some “calm”, for others “haughty”. The colleagues he met do not agree when they remember what Milei was like on a day-to-day basis. “He was ‘quiet.’ He was confrontational, he didn’t fight with anyone, he was always rude. I was surprised to see him like this“, explains Omar Corsaro to Olé.
Bonomi remembers him differently, closer to the image of the current Argentine president. “He is still the same. He was very haughty, strong, he did not change in that. When I see him he makes me laugh because I say: this kid didn’t change anymore. It’s the same temperament,” she details.
Perico Pérez remembers it “introverted and quiet”. “When I saw it on TV At first I thought it was like a character because of the politics, but then I said, I don’t think so, because although he was crazy in the arc, he transferred that to his personal life and now he must be like that, impetuous. So I believe him, it’s like that.”
Javier Milei was a goalkeeper in the Chacarita Juniors Juniors, he is a fan and member of Boca Juniors and defines himself as a fan of Carlos Salvador Bilardo ⚽️
“When he saved, he converted. It was putting on his shirt and doing crazy things inside the goal, he dived headfirst, things you said… pic.twitter.com/3FpA59Xf7l
— Diario Olé (@DiarioOle) November 20, 2023
From love to heartbreak with Boca
Although he did not perform badly under the three suits, Milei, raised in the Palermo neighborhood, He had to choose between the economy or football. And he chose the first. Although he maintained his passion for the ball and the blue and gold scarf. A member of Boca Juniors, he became a fan of Martín Palermo, to the point that when he retired in 2011 he decided to stop going to La Bombonera. Practically from one day to the next, he stopped being a xeneize fan.
“When Angelici – former president of Boca – fired Falcioni to bring in Riquelme lately, it seemed to me that this was a populist act,” he commented two years ago in an interview on IP Noticias. “It’s enough that I live in a populist country as well as being a fan of a team that makes populist decisions. “I stopped being from Boca,” he added.
The returns of Juan Román Riquelme and Fernando Gago led to heartbreak with the club. “I became anti-Boca when Gago played,” he commented. In fact, he ended up revealing that He even shouted River Plate’s second goal in the 2018 Copa Libertadores final at the Santiago Bernabéu. “When Gago came in I said: From now on I’m starting to support River. In fact, the second goal, which is Gago’s absolute responsibility, I shouted”he assured.
Argentine football, against you
From Boca to River, passing through smaller clubs. Up to one hundred teams spoke out against a proposal by Javier Milei that caused controversy. The far-right spoke out in favor of transforming Argentine clubs into Anonymous Societies, opening the door for foreign capital to buy and own Argentine clubs. In Argentina, The law prohibits this model in sports institutionswhich function as non-profit civil societies and their leaders are elected by the partners.
Faithful to its origins, respectful of the clear principles defended for almost 120 years, Boca Juniors ratifies its character as a non-profit Civil Association and the premise that our club belongs to its people, members who make it bigger every day . pic.twitter.com/KuwQreaW6q
— Boca Juniors (@BocaJrsOficial) November 11, 2023
With the leader of La Libertad advancing to the presidency, Argentina begins a period of uncertainty. Argentine football could be transformed if Milei decides to change the law and allow clubs to become public limited companies. A declared ‘bilardista’, Milei wanted to wait for the results of the elections before drawing any conclusions. “The only thing I believe in is the result,” she expresses as her maxim.