‘Short and thin’ – Luis Díaz’s long road from Barrancas to Liverpool

We travel to the Colombian’s home town in La Guajira to speak to friends and family about the winger’s formative years

Barrancas is a town like many others across Colombia. From the early hours of the morning motorbikes and tuk-tuks dart up and down the small town’s high street, beeping past pedestrians and zipping around street vendors as they line up their plantain and fresh produce under the shade of mango trees to shelter from the scorching sun.

Locals cluster around monitors on the pavement and try their luck at a digital version of roulette. In reality though, there is only one number that locals have their hopes on: Luis Díaz’s number 23.

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