BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Lionel Messi was among the many Argentina gamers and coaches who paid tribute to Diego Maradona in a statue unveiling ceremony earlier than their World Cup qualifier on Thursday towards Chile.
Maradona died on Nov. 25 in Buenos Aires after cardiac arrest. He was 60.
Days later, Messi paid his respects by celebrating a purpose for Barcelona with the shirt of Argentine membership Newell’s Previous Boys, the place the 1986 World Cup winner had additionally performed.
Argentina’s final official match passed off weeks earlier than Maradona died.
Messi, his teammates and coach Lionel Scaloni watched the revealing of a bronze statue of the soccer nice on the Único Madres de Ciudades stadium, in Santiago del Estero.
The statue depicts a defiant Maradona, hand on his waist and a ball at his toes. An inscription on it reads “Diego Maradona, 1960-2020” and an emblem representing infinity.
Later gamers additionally entered their match towards Chile carrying a shirt that includes Maradona.
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