In 1978, The Argentine World Champion’S Epic Scorer, Leopold Luke, Died

2021-02-15   |   by CusiGO

Argentina football lost another world champion. Leopoldo Jacinto Luque, one of his flagship strikers at the 78th World Cup in Argentina, died of coronavirus on Monday at the age of 71, making a generation of fans in their 40s feel helpless. They have worshipped a soldier in the region since childhood. His beard is also a symbol of the times.

Luke is a mobile and powerful center who has played 45 games for Argentina and scored 22 goals. In 1975, he won Venezuela 11-0 in Albiceleste’s debut, but his whole career can focus on his country’s World Cup, which is Albiceleste’s first world champion. In that month, Luke went through everything and he always overcame it. He sprained an elbow, broke his nose and ended up in the Dutch finals in a bloody T-shirt, but most importantly, he died of a brother at the world cup. Nothing can stop him.

Luke scored a wonderful goal for France, which gave Cesar Luis Menotti’s national team a passport in the second round. The forward from river passed the ball at the Rosario centre and the Santa Fe Federation and should have left the court in a few minutes because he tripped and dislocated his elbow. Argentina had two regulatory reforms, but Luke had already put on a bandage and returned to the dressing room with a sling in his arm to avoid putting his teammates at a disadvantage. The epic scorer waved his arm.

Luke didn’t know, but that morning, one of his brothers, kajo, two years older than him, was killed in a car accident: the truck that he went to Buenos Aires to watch his brother race collided in the fog. The next day, the football player from river found out. He wanted to leave the national team and the world cup, but during the vigil, his father found out that Argentina lost to Italy and asked him to return to his teammates.

The team’s vice captain (behind Daniel pasarella) also lost to Poland in the next game, but he returned to the crucial stage. Menotti welcomed him: “everything is not easy for you. I know you will succeed.” It’s true: Luke, who is 28 years old (he can only play in the world cup), came to the great football field out of pure self love despite the technical staff’s distrust of him. “Don’t waste your mother’s time, I’ve got a job, or I’ll continue to study,” said a technician from a lower Union, who kicked him out, As Luke recalled in an interview with El graphic magazine in 2017.

Luke took part in the regional Championships in northern Argentina, played in semi professional teams such as Jujuy gymnastics team and central North Salta team. It was not until he was 23 years old that he entered the first division in Rosario center. And he won’t jump into a big club like river immediately: in 1975, when he was 26, his beard wasn’t that famous. Luke had to insist to the guard at the entrance of the monument (he wouldn’t let him through) that he was a player the club had just bought. In a few days, he will make his debut at La Grande, scoring a goal in La Boca’s game.

In the 78th World Cup, he made a great double attack with Mario Kempes (both of them are centre half, but they don’t have any selfishness. They get along well). He scored a decisive goal in the match: Argentina’s fourth goal in the infamous 6-0 defeat of Peru, He gave albicest the goals he needed to get to the final. That world cup, and especially that game, was always suspect – never proven – because some Peruvian players were interviewed by Argentine dictator Jorge Rafael vidra a few minutes before the game and were said to lack tension. Luke and his teammates have always rejected any idea of accepting help outside football.

Argentina beat Holland 3-1. Although Luke didn’t turn around, one of the vanderkhov brothers, Daniel Bertoni, broke his nose before the third goal. Some of his teammates hugged him at the party and accidentally stained his shirt with Luke’s blood. Luke is an impregnable forward, just like a robot. He always leaves everything behind.

Just like he was eliminated in that world cup, he is one of the few world champions. Menotti didn’t make 82 comebacks for Spain. His career began to slow down and he was not particularly successful as a coach, although because of his simplicity he has always been one of the most popular people in Argentine football. Today, he mourns for a generation of football players who have been deprived of part of their childhood.