“Signing for AS Monaco, the most effective resolution of my life”

He’s, 42 years after his passage, nonetheless the highest scorer within the historical past of AS Monaco. At 74, Delio Onnis has simply been elected “finest participant within the historical past of the French championship” by So Foot journal. On this event, “the fox” gave us an unique interview. Upkeep.

It is a legend. Prime scorer for AS Monaco but additionally within the historical past of the French championship with 299 objectives, Delio Onnis was just lately voted finest participant within the historical past of the championship by So Foot journal. Handed by the Membership between 1973 and 1980, the attacker delivered himself with out detours. Between anecdotes, recollections, his settlement with Lucien Leduc or the title of champion of France 1978, interview with the person with 157 objectives within the purple and white jersey. Intervista.

Hey Delio, you’ve gotten been voted the most effective participant within the historical past of Ligue 1 by So Foot, are you proud?

It is greater than a satisfaction, however I am grateful to the individuals who helped me get to this primary place. My ex-teammates whether or not in Reims, Monaco, Excursions or Toulon. I do not wish to quote anybody as a result of I am afraid I am going to neglect some. All of us teamed up, I thank everybody. In fact, I additionally thank my household.

You will have scored 299 league objectives, there’s a little secret, is not there?

No, there isn’t a secret! It was extra a technique to play, to take pleasure in on the sphere, and to benefit from the work of my teammates. The key is, in fact, working all through the week. It additionally takes a little bit of luck to have the ability to full an motion. I used to be fairly skilful, even when I missed a number of probabilities!

Fortunately for me, I transformed 299 of them (laughs). However in the future, I’m satisfied that my document will fall. For instance, I feel a boy like Kylian Mbappé, if he stays in Ligue 1, will beat me simply.

Christian is a superb particular person, I performed with him for 9 years. It is a brotherhood like I’ve by no means had in soccer. I will not neglect it even when life has separated us.

Delio OnnisAbout Christian Dalger

Within the meantime, your document has stood for over 36 years. Are you stunned?

36 years previous is sort of half my life, are you able to think about? No, actually I have never considered it an excessive amount of, even when there are days after I nonetheless give it some thought! At a sure interval, many attackers, like Thierry Henry or David Trezeguet, went overseas.

Right now, I really feel like gamers are spending extra time in Ligue 1 and my document is increasingly more likely to fall. But when in the long run, the most effective gamers proceed to go away France at a key second of their profession, it’ll final a very long time in my story (laughs).

Exactly, who’re the most effective gamers with whom you performed in Monaco and elsewhere?

That is a imply query! (laughs) I’ll give away a number of of my favourite outfitters although, though actually there have been fairly a number of. I’ll begin with Reims the place I performed between 1971 and 1973. There, the Lech brothers (Bernard and Georges, editor’s word) put me in the most effective conditions. In any other case, at AS Monaco, Albert Emon, Omar Pastoriza, Jean Petit, and my proper arm, the everlasting Christian Dalger entertained me in nearly each match.

Christian is a superb particular person, I performed 9 years with him (seven in Monaco, two in Toulon, editor’s word). It is a brotherhood like I’ve by no means had in soccer. I will not neglect it even when life has separated us. I reap the benefits of this interview to salute him. A giant hi there to you, Christian!

I do not like speaking about myself. However hey, I’d say that I used to be very cold-blooded in very popular locations, that made the distinction. What makes me joyful, much more than the title of prime scorer, is the typical variety of objectives scored in relation to the variety of video games performed.

Delio OnnisAS Monaco striker between 1973 and 1980

What do you suppose had been your fundamental qualities in entrance of aim?

It is a very, very troublesome query, you must ask my ex-teammates! I do not like speaking about myself. However hey, I’d say that I used to be very cold-blooded in very popular locations, that made the distinction. What makes me joyful, much more than the title of prime scorer, is the typical variety of objectives scored in relation to the variety of video games performed.

I additionally prefer to keep in mind that, whatever the membership, Reims, AS Monaco, Excursions or Toulon, I signed every time when the membership had simply been promoted to Division 1. I performed with a bunch of associates, not with Messi or Neymar. I connect a number of significance to that, as a result of it provides much more worth to my document.

Why did you signal for AS Monaco in 1973?

I used to be in Reims, however on the time, every membership may solely have three foreigners in its ranks. There, there have been 4 of us, which was an issue. Someday, AS Monaco, which had been promoted and was not having a very good begin to the season, requested me to come back. Actually, wanting again, I feel it was the most effective resolution of my life.

I stayed right here for seven years, my three youngsters had been born in Monaco, I had the possibility to know HSH Prince Albert II, and the entire Monegasque household, to whom I even grew to become shut. And I really like Monaco a lot that I nonetheless reside there immediately!

In 1977-1978, we’re straight champions. It was unimaginable, extraordinary. It was my finest season at AS Monaco, by far.

Delio OnnisConcerning the title of champion

Inform us in regards to the 1977-78 season while you completed champion…

We went down in 1975-1976, and the next 12 months we managed to go up once more instantly. In 1977-1978, we’re straight champions. It was unimaginable, extraordinary. It was my finest season at AS Monaco, by far. Throughout my final 12 months on the Membership, in 1980, I used to be injured in Lyon. It was exhausting as a result of I had scored 15 objectives in 19 video games, I used to be launched. Regardless of all the pieces, we received the Coupe de France that 12 months.

Then I signed for Excursions, the place even at 32 I continued to attain objectives. With Jean-Louis Campora, we didn’t at all times agree, which partly induced my departure, however over time, I spotted that he was the most effective President of AS Monaco, and of far !

Apart from, what had been your relations along with your coach Lucien Leduc in the course of the season?

I had a really, excellent relationship with him. He was like a father to us, he even took care of our youngsters and our wives. Once we had a number of days off, all of us went to the snow collectively. However that was one other period. There have been no issues that season, though we did not agree with a tactical resolution.

Do you continue to observe AS Monaco?

In fact, and even soccer normally is my life. To inform you the reality, I wish to assist AS Monaco, as a result of I do know Argentine soccer very properly, so why not be a part of the Monegasque recruitment in Argentina? (laughs)

Lastly, do you’ve gotten a phrase for AS Monaco supporters?

It is greater than a fast word. They do not neglect me, as a result of after I stroll round, they acknowledge me, they know the way a lot I really like them. I’ll always remember the songs in my honor. “Deeeeelio, Deeeeelio”. My respects to all of the supporters of AS Monaco.

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