José Luis Chilavert announces that he will be a candidate for president of Paraguay

Jose Luis Chilavertthe charismatic and verbose ex-goalkeeper of the soccer team of Paraguayannounced Thursday that he will run in his country’s presidential election in 2023.

Chilavert, champion of the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental with Vélez Sarsfield from Argentina, made the announcement through a video on his Twitter account. Twitter.

“After reflecting and feeling the responsibility to build a better Paraguay, I decide to formalize my candidacy for President so that our people can feel #ProudOfSerParaguayo again,” wrote “Chila” on Twitter.

The tweet had a large number of interactions from his followers, with responses such as “You have my vote and that of my family, champion strength” or “I am a Paraguayan citizen to vote for you.”

The former player is running as an independent candidate. The candidates from the traditional parties will be defined in internal elections scheduled for the end of December.

Chilavert, 56, began his career at Sportivo Luqueño in Paraguay and later defended the colors of Guaraní before landing in Argentina to play for San Lorenzo.

After a stint at Real Zaragoza in Spain, he arrived at Vélez in 1991, where he lived his most glorious time as a player. Between that year and 2000 he won four leagues in Argentina, the Libertadores, the Intercontinental, the Interamerican Cup, the South American Super Cup and the South American Cup Winners’ Cup. In that period he was chosen three times as the best goalkeeper in the world.

He then went through Racing de Strasburgo, Peñarol de Uruguay and returned to Vélez, where he retired in 2004. Throughout his career he scored 62 goals at club and national team level, becoming the highest scoring goalkeeper in football history.

Chilavert was characterized by his strong statements and media fights during his time as a player and after he retired. He has been a regular critic of Paraguayan political leaders, as well as of the FIFA and Conmebol, and among his most remembered fights is a long confrontation with the star Diego Maradona.

Weeks ago he was sentenced to a year in prison with a suspended sentence for having defamed the president of Conmebol, Alejandro Domínguez. Chilavert’s lawyer said the court decision is not an obstacle to his candidacy.

With the selection of Paraguay He played the 1998 and 2002 World Cups.

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