- Tomas Carlovic was attacked by a thug who made away with his bike
- Diego Maradona has paid tributes to the late player
- Carlovich died at the age of 74 after slipping into a coma due to the attack
The Argentine legend reportedly suffered stroke and then slipped into a coma moments after he was attacked by a thug who made away with his bike.
Carlovich died from the complications barely 48 hours after the attack which occurred in Sante Fe, New Mexico.
It was gathered that until his death, the 74-year-old was a friend to the legendary Diego Maradona.
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"With your humility you danced us all, Trinche,” Maradona wrote on his Instagram handle with a picture of the former player.
"I can't believe it, I met you a while ago, and you're gone. My deepest condolences to your family and I hope justice is done. May you rest in peace, master."
Maradona who openly claimed Carlovich was a better player than him reportedly gave the 74-year-old a signed Gimnasia shirt.
After they met up, Carlovich told reporters: "He started speaking into my ear and wouldn't stop.
"He even signed a shirt for me and wrote, 'Trinche, you were better than me'.
"The only thing I could answer was 'Diego, now I can leave this world in peace, you were the greatest I ever saw in my lifetime'."
Carlovich only played a handful of games in Argentina's top division, but it was not his ability that held him back.
As a central midfielder he featured for local Argentina clubs including Rosario Central, Flandria, Independente Rivadavia, Central Cordoba during his career.
He was a player in which Maradona regarded as the best in the world during his playing days.
Following his move to Newell's in 1993, Maradona was asked by reporters what it felt like to be the best player in the world.
The former Napoli star replied: "The best player in the world has already played in Rosario, his name was Carlovich."
Meanewhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Diego Maradona has described Ronaldinho’s arrest in Paraguay as a sad one saying the Brazilian legend is not a criminal.
The Barcelona legend was arrested alongside his brother by Paraguayan authorities for allegedly entering the country with fake passports.
In his recent interview, Maradona stated that the Ronaldinho case is one that hurts him, adding that the former player is being treated like that because he is an idol.
"What happened to Ronaldinho made me sad," he told Argentine outlet El Dia de La Plata. "He is not a criminal; he only went to work (in Paraguay)."
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