DelPo recently appeared on the soccer pitch to bid farewell to retiring football star, Martin Palermo. Palermo, a long-time star at Boca Juniors (DelPo’s favorite soccer club), had recently attended DelPo’s exho matches at Punta del Este in Uruguay as well.
DelPo showed up at La Bombonera stadium to support Palermo in his farewell, and came on as an alternate during the match:
Aside from his not wearing any shin-guards to protect his legs, he does not look bad here. Not bad at all. He looks good!
Here is a short clip from the match. DelPo enters at 1:52 and he assists with a goal at 2:33. I love the commentator’s bemused “Juan Martín?!” after DelPo makes a pass to his goal-scoring teammate (at 2:48):
This spurred an entertaining Twitter conversation where tennis fans created their own “Fantasy Alternative Soccer League.” Complete with a separate alternates list. Last-minute additions to the team were made: Feli, Juan Carlos Ferrero … and Milos.
A resident benchwarmer was established. Along with some basic ground rules. I assume Nalby was established as the goal-keeper. Nalby can cover the entire goalpost area like no other player 😉 Kudos to Kelly at @mikomonstr for the fantasy idea of tennis players as soccer stars.
Many tennis players profess to once having considered soccer as a career. Above is a photo of mini-DelPo from his soccer-playing days. We’re glad he switched over to the tennis!
**Here is a post that Iram recently did, which includes photos of Juan Carlos Ferrero playing soccer for his personal foundation. There really is an overflow of tennis players who would look the part of a futbolista!