Yassine Bounou, better known in the world of football as Bono, is the Moroccan goalkeeper who saved two penalties in the tie-break yesterday to qualify his team for the quarter-finals of Qatar 2022, eliminating Spain. After the match and despite the thrill of victory, the goalkeeper remembered his Argentine idol and promised to send him the tracksuit with which he made history.
“I’m sending this tracksuit that I used today to Ariel, who yesterday sent me one of his from River, which I’m a fan of”, the goalkeeper, born in Montreal, Canada, 31 years ago, of Moroccan parents, confided to TyC Sports.
“My dog is called Ariel. I loved Ortega. Those types of footballers are disappearing. He was one of my favorite players and I named the dog after him,” revealed the goalkeeper.
Bono is a current Sevilla goalkeeper from Spain where he is teammates with Alejandro “Papu” Gómez, Gonzalo Montiel, Marcos Acuña and Erik Lamela and managed by Jorge Sampaoli. But he acquired the Argentinean customs when he met Mono Burgos, during his time at Atlético de Madrid. Although he didn’t have a chance when he arrived at Colchonero, Simeone’s assistant passed on his passion for River, spoke to him about Burrito Ortega and passed on to him one of the most Argentinean traditions: mate.
Since then, Bono has had a great identification with Argentine football, speaks with the idioms of this country, and it is no surprise that he defended that his team went from behind to collect the result against Spain: “We won it by playing at Cholo’ Simeon”.
“It’s that we have felt the affection of all our fans and this gives us the strength to be able to show the football we have done. But I have to thank all my teammates who have helped me enormously. After, on penalties, everything was a matter of feelings and there’s not much more to say on this point”, he finally argued on the two penalties awarded to Carlos Soler and the Spanish captain Sergio Busquets.
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