Lionel Messi paid the best possible tribute to his fellow Argentine, Diego Maradona, during Barcelona’s 4-0 win over Osasuna in La Liga. Maradona had played for FC Barcelona between 1982 and 1984.
After scoring the fourth goal, Messi removed his jersey to display a Newell’s Old Boys shirt underneath with the jersey number 10. Messi then raised his arm towards heaven to salute the late legend.
1. Lionel Messi gives ‘Newell’s’ tribute to ‘El Diego’
2. Napoli captain Lorenzo Insigne’s heartfelt tribute to Maradona
Diego Maradona is popularly known for his time in the Italian club Napoli, where he played between 1984 and 1991. Napoli skipper Lorenzo Insigne opened the scoring against AS Roma in a Serie A game with a beautiful freekick. Insigne immediately went to his side’s corner and grabbed a number 10 shirt and kissed it multiple times as a tribute.
3. Boca Juniors celebrate goal under Maradona’s box with his jersey
In their game aga inst Newell’s Old Boys, Boca Juniors emerged 2-0 victorious. The players celebrated the goal by going under his box and paying tribute to his jersey. Apparently, Boca Juniors have an entire box dedicated to Maradona in their iconic Bambonera Stadium.
4. Boca Juniors leave one light on in their stadium to remember Maradona
In their iconic Bambonera stadium, Argentine club Boca Juniors turned off all lights, except one in Maradona’s memory. Maradona played for the club between 1981 and 1982 and then between 1995 and 1997.
5. All Boca Juniors players have Maradona’s name on their jerseys
Argentine club Boca Juniors paid their heartfelt tribute to their former player. the late legend Diego Maradona. The side took the field against Newell’s Old Boys, with all their players having Maradona’s name on their jerseys instead of their own. Maradona had played for Boca Juniors from 1981-1982 and then from 1995 to 1997 – finishing his illustrious career at the famed club.
6. Maradona remembered in the UEFA Champions League
The UEFA Champions League games were to begin shortly after Maradona’s tragic demise was announced. Before the commencement of each game, a minute’s silence was observed in Maradona’s memory.
7. Stadio San Paolo lit up in Maradona’s memory
Napoli’s stadium, Stadio San Paolo – where Maradona played between 1984 and 1991, was lit up as soon as his tragic demise was announced. Napoli has even decided to rename their stadium as ‘Diego Armando Maradona Stadium.’