Events make the story compelling, the details make the story magical. To retrace and live a narration means to grasp its nuances, its particularities, the key moments destined to last forever. This is why the life of the only footballer to have played two World Cup finals with two different national teams cannot leave us indifferent. From South America to Europe, from Argentina to Italy: doblo ancho Luis Monti is the story that every football fan must know.
Luis Monti: football life
Luis has the opportunity to proliferate in an environment suited to the profession that will see him protagonist. His, in fact, was a family of footballers. His brother Enrique played in Huracán, San Lorenzo and Porvenir; Uncle Juan played in the ranks of San Lorenzo and General Miter until 1920. It was he who urged him to join the Huracán. The following year he moved to CA Palermo and then to San Lorenzo, touching his top with 40 goals in 202 league games. The convincing performances earned him a place in the national team and his debut in 1924. He graduated vice-world champion at the Uruguayan World Cup in 1930, but previously collected a very precious record for him and his colors. The goal on football placed against France, which is also worth the victory, is in fact the first marking of an Argentine footballer in the tournament.
On strong pressure from Raimundo Ursi, in July 1931 he moved to Juve and, although a difficult start especially due to physical problems, he will be able to become one of the greatest exponents of the Turin Golden Quinquennium, also ringing four badges of In Via degli ancestors from Emilia, Monti will be one of the many people to wear the blue shirt in the World Cup in ’34. The dream touched in Uruguay, this time becomes reality. He is world champion, after having reached the final with two different shirts in the same number of editions of the competition. After retiring, he married the role of coach, which he will play almost exclusively in Italy, given his great love for our country.
His nickname, doblo ancho (two-door wardrobe) derives from its preponderant physical size. An immense Methodist centromedian, he was obviously a guarantee on detachments, offensive and defensive. He kicked hard and strong with both feet, but was at the same time of a more unique delicacy than rare in touch. Hardly surmountable, as evidenced by its roughness in tackles, it set the action with great precision, fishing for kisses with long throws its exteriors. What was most impressive was, however, the human sphere. Humble, dedicated to sacrifice, lover of the game. In Turin they remember him for the endless races under the scorching heat of August, wearing three heavy sweaters. Just the minimum amount of calories was allowed to achieve weight reduction every day. He used a medicine flask to go up and down on the grass, then exercises, then running again.
He wasted up to the last drop of sweat to repay the team’s trust and to check it off on gossips. When the results veered to his side, the Juventus management pressed to give him an increase, which he refused to the last, to honor the agreed salary. Even today, lovers of this sport remember Luis Monti with great admiration. A giant, in every sense. A more unique than rare piece, on the chessboard that cheers us up every Sunday. An example to be handed down to the youngest, so that they can start again to grasp the mechanics of football that today the professionals seem to have forgotten.