Hristo Stoichkov gave an interview in Argentina, and the topics were not one and two. But the main one was easily predictable.
The relations of the Bulgarian legend with the biggest myth of the local and probably of the world football – Diego Armando Maradona. Ten passed away almost two years ago, shortly after turning 60.
Stoichkov is in South America on an interview tour with other football greats, having already passed through Brazil (Romario, Bebeto, Rivelinho, etc.), and in Buenos Aires he met Uruguayan legend Enzo Francescoli.
Camata did not miss visiting Diego’s home, as well as one of the places of tribute to him in the Argentine capital, littered with photos and never without candles and flowers after the death of Maradona.
“I feel guilty sometimes for Diego – says Hristo in the interview. – For not being able to separate him from the vultures that were around him. We had a strong friendship. I thought that I could do something and, yes, I feel some guilt.
It angered me that they were around him – these people in suits and ties who didn’t care at all about his health.
We were in contact with him until 2016, I had all his phone numbers. We talked… The last time was in February 2016, he called me on my birthday. I never got to talk to him in person after that.
we used to text each other from time to time but i didn’t get to talk. When I called he was either sleeping or resting or walking around… other people answered.
I have seen him suffer a lot. May he rest in peace!”
Hristo and Diego have a strong friendship since the years when Maradona played in Spain’s Sevilla (early 90s) and Stoichkov was a megastar in Barcelona.
The Bulgarian was one of the few European players invited to the Argentine’s benefit in Buenos Aires in 2001.