A year later, in memory of Diego Maradona: Ramiro Moyano from Edinburgh Rugby on meeting the icon and his influence in Argentina – archyde

Ramiro Moyano practices his soccer skills during an Edinburgh rugby training session. (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group)

Moyano, who moved to Scotland in the postseason after a stint in France with Toulon, felt privileged to meet the 1986 world champion but was aware of his personality flaws.

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“I met Maradona at the Sevens in Dubai and the second time in England. I was lucky enough to do that, ”said Moyano

Diego Maradona in his pomp, playing for Argentina against Scotland in 1979 in Hampden.

“I think when he lived in other countries he supported them every time an Argentine team went there.”

His death caused great sadness in Argentina, but there were also critics for someone whose talents were incomparable but often penetrated into dark areas.

“I think it had a really tough impact on everyone in Argentina,” Moyano said of Maradona’s death. “But there was always a fight between the people who love and the people who hate. For me as a professional player, he was outstanding. What he’s done in his personal life – if you can separate them, it’s really good. If you add it all up, you might not like him that much. “

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Another new Argentine signing, Emiliano Boffelli, has bonded with Edinburgh this week. (Photo by Paul Devlin / SNS Group)

Moyano is beginning to settle in Edinburgh and this week welcomed his compatriot Emiliano Boffelli to the club after his stay with the Argentina national team.

“I’m trying to help him a little with the language and the city,” said Moyano. “I’ve been here three months and he’s only been here two days so I try to support him with whatever he needs.”

While Moyano is rugby through and through, he revealed that Boffelli was a skilled footballer.

“I grew up in a rugby family, so that’s the main course for me,” said Moyano. “Football is massive in Argentina. I think the best footballer here is Emiliano. He’s really good. I think he played a bit of professional football when he was young. But I grew up in a rugby family. Because of that, I’m here.”

After making his competitive debut in the 20-20 draw with the Stormers last month, Moyano plans to move on, starting with the weekend’s game against the Dragons in Newport.

He only has a sneak peek of the United Rugby Championship but knows the style is different from that at home and in the top 14. He enjoys the contrast and – at least so far – has not been impressed by the Scottish weather.

“It is not so bad. I think it’s going to get worse, but you get used to the weather, ”he said. “I’m from Tucuman in the north – it’s really hot over there.

“It’s a different season in France than here – they play more champagne rugby, as they call it, and they don’t matter the structure.

“It’s more of a mix of this type of rugby and this type of rugby and the Argie Super Rugby. Maybe I can improve myself a little: that’s what I’m trying to do. “

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