Lionel Messi’s classy tribute to the late Diego Maradona

There is an interesting story behind Barcelona’s big win over Osasuna at dawn WIB (30/11). The captain Lionel Messi received a yellow card for celebrating the opening shirt. However, La Pulga’s celebration was merely a tribute to Diego Maradona.

As is known, the great Argentine legend has indeed met his end last Wednesday, November 25, 2020. Maradona had a heart attack and died at his residence in Argentina.

Meanwhile, on Monday morning WIB (30/11), Barcelona did face Osasuna in the Spanish La Liga continuation. The duel was won by host Barcelona with a score of 4-0.

Lionel Messi himself scored the closing goal of the Catalan giants, and he uniquely celebrated that goal by removing the Barcelona jersey he was wearing then showing Newell’s Old Boys Jersey with the number 10 jersey.

Who would have thought, the jersey actually belonged to the late Diego Maradona.

Well, please note that the late Diego Maradona did make his debut at Newell’s Old Boys, Lionel Messi’s childhood club too, on October 7, 1993. At that time, Newell’s Old Boys faced Emelec in a trial match.

In fact, Lionel Messi also watched Diego Maradona’s debut match with his father, Jorge Messi.

“I don’t remember too much, I was very young, but I saw Maradona on the pitch that day. He made his debut against Emelec,” Lionel Messi told TyC Sport.

What’s interesting here is that Messi not only gave a tribute in the form of a celebration, but also in the form of a goal against Osasuna yesterday.

Marca noted that on his debut match at Newell’s Old Boys, Maradona scored with a shot from the right side of the penalty box. Well, Messi is claimed to have taken a similar action but from the opposite side of the match against Osasuna.

Messi had previously “duplicated” Diego Maradona’s goal, 13 years ago against Getafe, where he made a solo run and scored a goal similar to Diego Maradona’s goal in the 1986 World Cup against England.

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