The world was cursed with the demise of the legendary Diego Maradona on November 25th, and football was not the same since. Tributes and homages flooded the streets of Barcelona, Argentina, and Naples for days, while several clubs across the globe took time out during games to pay their respects for the World Cup winner.
A personal hero to many, including Barcelona captain Lionel Messi, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner paid homage to him by revealing Maradona’s Newell’s Old Boys shirt with #10 at the back after scoring a belter of a goal against Osasuna. He continues to speak highly about his late compatriot, saying that not in a million years will he come close to Maradona, hailing him as the greatest ever.
Recently, a video has surfaced of Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona passing the ball to each other in training during the 2010 World Cup where Maradona was at the helm as head coach for his team. The two are seen passing the ball to each other as Messi warms up for a game, reportedly said to be either vs Greece or Mexico.
Le llega la pelota a Messi y enseguida lo busca al Díez. Fuimos felices y no nos dimos cuenta… pic.twitter.com/3YJrkze15h— El Pibe De Oro (@Elpibedeoro_10) January 27, 2021
Leo passes the ball to Maradona, who lays it off in another for the La Pulga to chase direction as an agility drill. An emotional footage for fans around the world, but especially for followers of the La Albiceleste.