Argentina World Cup-winning manager Menotti dies-Xinhua

Argentina World Cup-winning manager Menotti dies

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2024-05-06 15:11:30

BUENOS AIRES, May 5 (Xinhua) -- Former Argentina manager Cesar Luis Menotti, the man who masterminded the country's first World Cup title in 1978, has died aged 85, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) said on Sunday.

Menotti, who had still been working as Argentina's national team's director, died in his home after battling a series of health problems.

"The Argentine Football Association regrets to announce with great sadness the death of Cesar Luis Menotti, current director of the national teams and former World Cup winning coach of Argentina. Farewell, Flaco querido," read a statement on the entity's website.

Among the first to offer tributes on Sunday was current Argentina captain and Inter Miami star Lionel Messi.

"One of the great references of our football has left us," Messi said in a social media post. "Condolences to his family and friends, may he rest in peace."

Former Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, who played under Menotti at Independiente in 2005, expressed his respect and admiration for a man who was considered a father figure to generations of Argentine players.

"He was one of my first coaches and the one who impacted me the most," Aguero said on social media. "Thank you for everything you taught me and what you gave to football in Argentina and around the world. Your legacy is immense."

Argentina's national team manager Lionel Scaloni and President Javier Milei also paid their respects.

"A football maestro has left us. Thank you for those endearing talks in which you left a mark on us," Scaloni said.

Milei, meanwhile, felt "deep pain" for the loss of a "leader that gave one of the greatest joys to the country."

"It would be foolish to deny the contribution of Cesar Luis Menotti. Goodbye, Flaco," he said.

Menotti represented Rosario Central, Boca Juniors and Santos, among other clubs, over a professional playing career that spanned a decade. But it was as a manager that he left his mark.

After successful spells with Newell's Old Boys and Huracan, Menotti was appointed Argentina national team boss in 1974, a position he held until 1983.

Menotti later had stints in charge of Barcelona, Boca Juniors, Atletico Madrid and Mexico's national side, among other teams.