Friend’s Day: 10 remembered fights that put an end to the friendship between great sports figures

This Wednesday, July 20, Argentina celebrates the Friends day. There are hundreds of stories of fidelity and companionship. However, this time we will review 10 drastic ruptures that were experienced in the world of sports: in some cases there was reconciliation and, in others, the wounds failed to heal.

1) Diego Maradona-Carlos Salvador Bilardo

Diego Maradona and Carlos Bilardo had several comings and goings. (Photo: AP/Ricardo Mazalan)

The relationship between Diego Maradona and Carlos Bilardo had many twists and turns. In his best moments, the bond was almost paternal. However, there were also great crosses between these emblems of the Argentine National Team.

One of his most remembered fights took place in 2010, after Maradona left the position of coach of the Albiceleste. There, the ’10 ′ declared that he felt betrayed by Bilardo, who was the general director of National Teams.

“My cycle was the shortest in the last 35 years. I was called to put out a fire. When we did it and we had more time to work, the last hours happened to us. Grondona lied to me. Bilardo betrayed me”, Diego pointed out.

In 2016, during a world champions dinner in Mexico ’86, they hugged and reconciled.

2) Guillermo Vilas-Jose Luis Clerc

Guillermo Vilas and José Luis Clerc, during an exhibition match in 2012. (Photo: DYN/PABLO AHARONIAN)
Guillermo Vilas and José Luis Clerc, during an exhibition match in 2012. (Photo: DYN/PABLO AHARONIAN)

William Vilas Y Jose Luis Clerc They are two legends of Argentine tennis and for a long time they were at odds. “We fought many times because I was the only one who said things to his face,” Batata said a few years ago. And he added: “We played a Davis Cup final and we didn’t even talk to each other.”

The relationship managed to mend years after they left the courts. Vilas accepted an invitation to an event organized by Clerc’s wife to raise funds for the school attended by his daughter Sofía, who is hard of hearing. “When he came to support my family, everything ended for me (the fight)”.

3) Juan Sebastian Veron- Jose Luis Calderon

José Luis Calderón and Juan Sebastián Verón train together at Estudiantes.  (Photo: EFE/Antonio Lacerda)
José Luis Calderón and Juan Sebastián Verón train together at Estudiantes. (Photo: EFE/Antonio Lacerda)

Juan Sebastian Veron Y Jose Luis Calderon They shared a decades-long friendship. After the return of the Bruja to Estudiantes in 2006, they participated in the consecration in the fourth Libertadores del Pincha. However, something broke in that 2009.

After winning the Cup, Calderón had decided to retire, but Verón and Alejandro Sabella convinced him to wait until the Club World Cup. However, when the time came to travel to the United Arab Emirates to compete in the competition, the striker was not called up.

For Calderón, that decision could not have been made without Verón’s approval. “If he had tried to defend me, he would have gone to my house to talk as he had arranged. He didn’t come anymore. We live 100 meters apart”, he sentenced.

4) Diego Latorre and Diego Simeone

Diego Simeone and Diego Latorre were friends and today they can't even see each other.  (Photos: Reuters and AFP)
Diego Simeone and Diego Latorre were friends and today they can’t even see each other. (Photos: Reuters and AFP)

Diego Simeon Y Diego Latorre They were other sports figures who had their stage of friendship and currently do not speak to each other.

A few months ago, Yanina Latorre revealed some details of this break. “At the moment that Cholo and Caro Baldini separated, the two couples were very good friendsbut then everything fell apart,” he said.

The panelist from THE M explained that at that time they tried to help the Atlético Madrid coach to rebuild the situation, but that Baldini was not interested and assured that currently Simeone and Latorre “don’t fall”.

5) Oscar Ruggeri-Sergio Goycochea

Oscar Ruggeri and Sergio Goycochea fought over money.  (Photos: EFE)
Oscar Ruggeri and Sergio Goycochea fought over money. (Photos: EFE)

Companions in the Argentine National Team and friends off the field, everything got complicated after a business deal went wrong at the end of the ’90s. Sergio Goycochea He asked Guillermo Coppola for money for an investment that his father-in-law was making. The businessman accepted and added Oscar Ruggeri and Nery Pumpido.

“A business was done, a mortgage, they could not be paid and it ended with an auction where they stayed with the property, ”said the former goalkeeper during an interview with Clarion in 1999. On the other hand, they assure that the story is not like that and that the goalkeeper never repaid the loan.

This conflict was revived after more than two decades by statements by the protagonists and it was clear that they remain estranged. There’s hardly a way back.

6) Eduardo Tuzzio-Horacio Ameli

Tuzzio and Ameli, during a training session with River.  (Photo: NA)
Tuzzio and Ameli, during a training session with River. (Photo: NA)

They were great friends. They had shared behind in San Lorenzo and, at the time the scandal broke out, they did the same in River. In May 2005, Edward Tuzzio found out his wife was cheating on him Horace Ameli.

In a practice, DT Leonardo Astrada gave the floor to Tuzzio to thank the Millionaire squad for the support he was receiving in the midst of a difficult personal moment that had not yet been revealed. However, his words went in another direction. “I want to tell everyone what this son of a thousand whores who claimed to be my friend did… The bastard has been sleeping with my wife for two months…“, He launched.

This conflict not only ended the friendship between the players, but also the season of a River that until that day was a semifinalist in the Copa Libertadores and led the Clausura tournament. From there, they were eliminated against São Paulo and went six games without a win -five defeats and one draw- at the local level to finish tenth.

7) Maxi Lopez-Mauro Icardi

Wanda Nara separated from Maxi López in 2013 and announced her marriage to Icardi a few months later.  (Photo: file).
Wanda Nara separated from Maxi López in 2013 and announced her marriage to Icardi a few months later. (Photo: file).

This story of “betrayal” was at the center of the scene for many years. Maxi Lopez and Mauro icardi They seemed to have a solid friendship, but everything changed in November 2013.

On that date, Wanda Nara announced her separation from Maxi for alleged infidelities of the former River. Soon after, Wanda began to exchange romantic messages with Icardi on social networks and rumors of a new romance began. This was finally confirmed: they were married in May 2014.

For a while there was a real media war. The truth is that the footballer from Rosario and the businesswoman formed a family and, with other scandals involved, they still remain united. The López-Icardi relationship was never fixed.

8) Michael Jordan-Scottie Pippen

Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, in their golden days at the Chicago Bulls.  (Photo: AP)
Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, in their golden days at the Chicago Bulls. (Photo: AP)

Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen They were two emblems of the NBA and gave the Chicago Bulls the best years in their history. However, as often happens in changing rooms full of figures, there were times when coexistence was not so easy. This wound was revived after the documentary came out the last dance.

Pippen was very angry about how he was portrayed on the Bulls’ hit cycle on TV. “Each episode was the same: Michael on a pedestal, his supporting teammates, More smalls. The message was no different from when he referred to us back then as his ‘supporting cast’. From one season to the next, we got little to no credit every time we won, but most of the criticism when we lost,” he noted.

He also complained that Jordan made a fortune from that documentary, while the other players did not see “a penny.” There, he started a media fight, with crossed statements.

9) De Benedictis and Giallombardo

Bautista De Benedictis and Mauro Giallombardodictis starred in one of the great "breakups" of Argentine motoring.  (Photo: Twitter of @jbdebenedictis)
Bautista De Benedictis and Mauro Giallombardodictis starred in one of the great “ruptures” of Argentine motorsport. (Photo: Twitter of @jbdebenedictis)

In motorsport there were also disagreements that put an end to great friendships. An example of this is the fight between John Baptist De Benedictis Y Mauro Giallombardoat the end of 2018.

A season was closing and everything seemed to indicate that in 2019 De Benedictis was going to drive Giallombrado’s Ford at TC. There was an agreement.

However, from one moment to the next, Giallombrado’s plans changed and he decided that this place would remain for Pato Silva, who had just left the Catalan Magni team.

De Benedictis was very hurt by this decision, since he understood that his friend had failed to speak and left him adrift. “For me, the relationship with Mauro is over”, he sentenced.

10) Carlos Tevez-Chapa Retegui

SETBACK FOR TEVEZ.  Chapa Retegui will not be in his coaching staff (Photo: @fotobairesarg)
SETBACK FOR TEVEZ. Chapa Retegui will not be in his coaching staff (Photo: @fotobairesarg)

The fight between Carlos Tevez and Carlos Retegui It is the most recent: it happened just a few weeks ago, when the Apache assumed the technical leadership of Rosario Central.

These two great sports personalities had struck up a friendship and were working on a project to face together their first experience in a soccer coaching staff.

Much sooner than expected, the Scoundrel’s proposal appeared. Tevez decided to accept, but Chapa decided not to be part of this adventure and continue in his position as Secretary of Sports of the City of Buenos Aires.

Carlitos felt betrayed. “He broke his word and he failed me, my family and Rosario Central”, he pointed. And Retegui replied: “I didn’t like hearing those words from someone I i thought he was my friend”.

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