In Pictures: Luis Diaz celebrates his parents’ wedding as they unite after 30 years


In Pictures: Luis Diaz celebrates his parents’ wedding as they unite after 30 years

It has been a wonderful year for Liverpool forward Luis Diaz. First he had an amazing season with Liverpool and then today, his parents finally got married to each other in a beautiful ceremony after 30 years of being together for their children and themselves. Luis Diaz let his hair down with some crazy dancing on stage at his parents’ wedding reception party to celebrate this incredible day.

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The dad-of-one enjoyed some downtime after a fantastic first season at Anfield after acting as ‘bridesman’ to his mum Cilenis Marulanda for her wedding to his dad Luis Manuel ‘Mane’ Diaz. The couple decided to formalize their relationship after nearly 30 years and four children inluding Luis Diaz on Saturday at a church in the footballer’s native town of Barrancas in La Guajira, Colombia. Luis posed for photos and signed autographs for fans as he waited outside the church.

According to The Mirror, The wedding bash took place afterwards in the nearby Iparu Hotel, with local artist Jamir Ospino performing along with a group called La Banda del Cinco, according to reports by a local news outlet. Diaz’s wife Geraldine Ponce posted footage on her Instagram of him dancing before his on-stage display which was recorded for posterity by another relative.

Luis Diaz at his parents’ wedding
Luis Diaz speaking as the best man at the wedding(left); Diaz with his parents(right)

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The former Porto star has impressed massively since moving to Liverpool in January. His crowning moment so far has been his man-of-the-match performance at Villarreal in the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg. He shall not have fond memories of the UEFA Champions League final though, seeing he lost 1-0 in the final, thanks to a Vinicius Jr. goal in the 59th minute.

With 45 minutes to go and their quadruple dreams hanging in the balance, Liverpool seemed spent. Every minute of their emotionally draining title win behind closed doors, last year’s injury-riddled slog, the relentless run of a season that will end with them playing every game available to them: They were writ large across Jurgen Klopp’s squad.

Enter Luis Diaz, Liverpool’s fresh-legged savior. It is no exaggeration to hand him such a title. Villarreal’s caution, and their goalkeeper’s propensity to let things squeeze between his legs , no doubt aided their visitors cause in turning the tide on the night. But most of all, this team needed someone to play without fear of failure.

If others had miscued the bicycle kick he did early after entering the fray in the second half, their heads might have dropped. Luis Diaz only became more determined. Moments after Fabinho had restored their advantage in the tie, he was on hand to deliver the knockout blow for Villarreal. 21 games into his Liverpool career, the Colombian has already earned a spot in the illustrious annals of this club’s history. He’s the man who saved them from a potentially great humiliation on the European stage.

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The second half brought something of a return to the first leg. Villarreal dropped back toward their penalty area as they did against Bayern Munich to knock them out. Thiago’s pass success rate then rocketed up (by 25 percentage points to 95% to be precise) and the pressure built on GK Geronimo Rulli’s penalty area. He could not quite cope, Fabinho’s low drive fizzing through his legs.

Luis Diaz then sniffed blood. As had been the case in the first leg Villarreal heads dropped. In the space of 12 minutes, they went from all square in the tie (2-2) to out of Europe(2-3). TAA, suddenly afforded an entire flank to himself, cut onto his left foot, hanging a cross into space for Diaz to attack. Once more the ball squirted through Rulli, whose humiliation was complete moments later when he came hurtling out beyond his penalty area only to be soundly rounded by Mane, who would roll the ball into an empty net.

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