Matias Zaldivia | The sad farewell that shakes Colo Colo: a leader leaves

“Zaldivia, Zaldivia…”. Colo Colo fans reacted to the arrival of the team at Ester Roa de Concepción and the 31-year-old player was one of the most applauded. The defender raised his right hand and thanked. Minutes later, He was the captain of ‘Cacique’ in the international friendly against Betis.

Zaldivia was the leader of Colo Colo in the absence of Gabriel Suazo, who is on the Red tour. The footballer, who has already been at the institution for seven years, complied with Betis: he ordered the defense, responded on the mark and assisted Agustín Bouzat with quality in the second goal. He was applauded near the end.

However, the momentary captain is not in Colo Colo’s plans to continue. This was defined by the Black and White Football Commission and This was confirmed by a director to AS in the Ester Roa de Concepción: “At the moment its renewal is ruled out.” Emiliano Amor’s injury opens a chance, but a very distant one.

The constant injuries of the last few years took their toll on Zaldivia and Colo Colo has already approved the arrival of Ramiro González as an alternative in defense. Thus, the Chilean nationalized defender He lives his last hours in the institution, with recognitions and with reference status.