- Diego Maradona’s death remains a colossal loss to the world’s football community
- Portuguese tactician Jose Mourinho has expressed grief over the legend’s passage
- Mourinho stated that the former Napoli maestro was his good friend
Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has paid an emotional tribute to late Argentina football legend Diego Maradona who passed away on November 25 at the age of 60.
Maradona who had been battling a series of ailments linked with addiction died following a reported cardiovascular arrest at his home in Argentina.
The world was stunned when news filtered in over the passage of the former Napoli and Boca Juniors’ captain and Mourinho has stated that the late legend cannot be replaced.
He said, as cited in SunSport:
“There is Maradona and there is Diego.
“Maradona I don’t need to speak about because the world knows and nobody will forget. Diego is different.
“I can say he was a good friend of mine, but my contacts with him were on telephone and we met of course a few times, and he was a big, big, big heart. That’s the guy I miss.
“His football you can find every time we miss him, with Google we will find. But Diego, no.
“I spent today telling stories to my guys about him and the time we spent together, and that’s the guy I miss.
“I especially miss the phone call that was always arriving after defeats and never after victories."
Diego Maradona last made his last international appearance for Argentina during their second group game against Nigeria at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States won by the South Americans 2-1.
After the game, the legend was picked up for a random doping test and days later he was found guilty of having an enhancer in his system.
Maradona was consequently banned from the competition, a situation which crippled his footballing career.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that English club Sheffield United came close to signing legendary footballer Diego Maradona but they pulled off due to the £40,000 extra price tag on him.
The Blades board refused to splash extra cash on the Argentine god of soccer despite having their manager Harry Haslam travel to the South American country on a scouting mission in 1978.
Haslam was said to have made an offer of about £200,000 on the spot to bring Maradona to Yorkshire but the club refused to back their manager's plan.
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