Argentina bid farewell to undoubtedly one of the finest footballers in its history on Friday as Silvio Marzolini passed away at the age of 79.
The Boca Juniors legend, who won seven titles at the club as player and manager and is widely considered to be the best ever left-back for the Albiceleste, succumbed to cancer after his health had deteriorated.
As Jonathan Wilson told the Golazo podcast when discussing an all-time XI, Marzolini was “one of the first three great attacking left-backs and in the 1960s helped redefine the role. He was a pioneering player.”
Hasta siempre Silvio Marzolini, el mejor “tres” de la historia. 😥✨ pic.twitter.com/4R2iUSTh26
— El Gráfico (@elgraficoweb) July 17, 2020
Marzolini made his professional debut at 18 with Buenos Aires club Ferro Carril Oeste and had already made quite the name for himself having fallen out with the club’s board a couple of years earlier when arguing that he should have been in the first team. The precocious youngster’s talents were clear and that eventual debut in 1959 against Boca Juniors was enough for the Xeneizes to snap up the full-back along with goalkeeper Antonio Roma at the end of the campaign.
Straight into the Boca eleven, Marzolini started every game the following season and began a life-long bond with the blue and gold.
The first of five league titles followed in 1962 and although Boca would narrowly miss out on the Copa Libertadores in the subsequent season, losing to Pele’s Santos in the final, it proved a successful decade. Primera titles in 1964, ’65, ’69 and ’70 and a Copa Argentina in 1969 handed Marzolini the silverware his career deserved.