Luis Diaz fights back tears as emotional father watches Colombia star’s heroics against Brazil
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Luis Diaz fights back tears as emotional father watches Colombia star’s heroics against Brazil

Nov 17, 2023

Luis Diaz was overcome with emotion as he dedicated his goals for Colombia to his parents in the crowd.

The Liverpool star’s mother and father were both kidnapped by the Colombian guerrilla insurgency group, the ELN, in their homeland at the end of last month.

Diaz gestured to his parents in the crowd

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Diaz gestured to his parents in the crowdCredit: Getty

His mother Cilenis Marulanda was released shortly after, but Diaz Sr. remained in captivity for 13 days before being saved earlier this month.

Now, the pair had the joy of not only watching their son play for Colombia again, but see him score twice to seal their country’s incredible 2-1 win over Brazil.

Diaz cancelled out Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli‘s fourth minute opener, heading home from a cross to make it 1-1 and sending the Colombia fans wild as they celebrated what was an emotional moment for their star.

After initially making a heart symbol with his hands, Diaz then gestured to his parents before covering his face as he tried to fight back the tears.

He continued to gesture towards his mum and dad as his teammates came and grabbed him to celebrate, with them all also visibly moved by Diaz’s goal.

But the best reaction of them all came from Diaz’s parents.

TV footage of the game showed the pair grinning from ear to ear and Diaz’s father having tears in his eyes.

Another clip from the stands shows Diaz sitting back in his chair with his hands in the air and looking up to the sky in disbelief as he took in being able to witness his son’s achievement.

Diaz was on the verge of tears

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Diaz was on the verge of tearsCredit: Getty

Speaking after the game, Diaz said: “Life makes you strong and brave and I think that’s football, and not just football but life.

“I’m grateful to my team-mates, to the coaching staff who were always there for me at every moment and I dedicate the victory to the people, who deserved it.”

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Brazil’s goalkeeper and Diaz’s Liverpool teammate Allison also said of the Colombian match-winner: “He is a friend. He suffered a lot these days.

“This is beyond soccer. He deserves it.”


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