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The footballer who was an idol of San Lorenzo and now lives as a pool player

The footballer who was an idol of San Lorenzo and now lives as a pool player

Mario Rolando Escuderobetter known as “roly“, experienced a remarkable transition in his life after his career as a professional footballer. From being a prominent figure in the San Lorenzo of the Bambino Veirais now established as a respected “pooler” in Capitán Sarmiento, a town in the Province of Buenos Aires.

Roly was born on October 11, 1972 in Bulnes, Córdoba; Since he was a child he had realized that his passion was the ball. Although, some time later he was going to become a full-back, Roly told Pasión Deportiva de Baradero in an interview that as a boy he stood out for being a scoring forward.

Once he reached the San Lorenzo youth team, his position on the field varied until he became a side marker. Now, do you remember in all the clubs where Roly was?

What was Roly Escudero’s football career like?

After years of inferiority in “El Ciclón”, Mario Rolando Escudero debuted in professional soccer on September 15, 1991 in a draw against Argentinos Juniors. In his first games in the first division, the Cordoban stood out for playing as a “3”, until he established himself playing on the right wing as the years went by.

By 1993 he was an undisputed headline and in 1995 a milestone arrived that marked him for the rest of his life.

After 21 years without winning titles, and with the help of the renowned technical director Hector “Bambino” Veira, San Lorenzo emerged as Clausura champion, thus ending its worst negative streak in history. The name of Roly Escudero was recorded in the minds and gratitude of all the “Cuervo” fans since he was a fundamental cog in that team that had as figures: Biaggio, Passet, Ruggeri, Galetto, Silasamong others.

Squire in San Lorenzo

In 1998, Escudero played his last game in San Lorenzo in what was a 2-1 victory against eternal rival, Huracán de Parque Patricios.

From then on, the exlateral wore the shirts of New Chicago (1998-2000) and Brown from Adrogué (2000-2004). After having been without a team for 2 years, and while he was taking the coaching course, a friend of Roly offered the former San Lorenzo to play on a team that was competing in the Argentine Tournament C. The club in question was San Carlos and comes from a town from the Province of Buenos Aires called Captain Sarmiento. Without hesitation, Escudero accepted his friend’s offer to continue his career there.

After spending 9 years in the Argentine promotion club, in 2014, and at 43 years old, Roly Escudero decided to hang up his boots.

What happened to the life of Roly Escudero

In the quiet Buenos Aires town that saw him say goodbye to professional football, Roly decided to start a new stage in his life. In an unexpected turn, the man from Córdoba found his calling in pool maintenancean activity that initially began as a simple “changa”, but eventually became his full-time profession.

Over the years, Escudero established himself as one of the leading experts in pool care in the area. Over time, and thanks to his dedication and professionalism, Roly gained a reputation worthy of his work. From cleaning and drainage to year-round maintenance, the former soccer player became a reference in his field, being requested by numerous clients in Capitán Sarmiento and its surroundings.

Roly Escudero as piletero

Roly Escudero in his profession

Roly Escudero in his profession

In addition to his work as a “piletero”, Escudero delved into his passion for cooking, offering barbecue delivery services during the high season and participating in local events such as food fairs and festivals. His skill on the grill and his love for food allowed him to earn the appreciation of the community, once again showing his versatility and talent beyond the sport.

Mario Rolando Escudero’s story is an inspiring testimony of adaptability and perseverance in life after sport. From being a champion with San Lorenzo to his successful career as a “piletero” and amateur chef, Escudero has shown that success is not defined by past achievements, but by the ability to reinvent oneself and find new passions in life.

Source: Ambito

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