Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool boss, compares meeting with legendary Maradona with Pope

Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool boss, compares meeting with legendary Maradona with Pope

- Jurgen Klopp had the privilege to meet with Diego Maradona before his coaching career

- And the German-born tactician has described the meeting as that of meeting with the Pope

- Maradona passed on owing to issues suspected to emanate from a heart attack

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has described his meeting with legendary Diego Maradona to that of a Pope.

The Argentine god of soccer passed on earlier this week due to suspected heart issues a few days after he was discharged from the hospital.

His death was shocking to the world and tributes have continued to come in as people of different works of life pay their last respect to the World Cup winner.

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The two-time Serie A winner with Napoli also spent time at Barcelona winning three titles in two years.

Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool boss, compares meeting with legendary Maradona with Pope
Jurgen Klopp: Diego Maradona honoured by his boyhood club Boca Juniors earlier this year. Photo by Rodrigo Valle.
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Klopp was said to have met the magical number 10 before he got his coaching career started and was blown away by the Argentinian star’s presence according to Daily Star.

"The best through my lifetime. Maybe not now, I saw Cristiano (Ronaldo) and (Lionel) Messi now. In my career, he was a standout player.
"His life shows how nice it can be when you're world-class and how difficult it can be too. An impressive figure.
"I met him once, which for a player of my level was like meeting the Pope. You can see reactions all over the world.
“If we showed him the respect he deserves while alive instead of selfies, we could have helped him.”

The late football legend has been laid to rest in a private ceremony in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires on Thursday, November 26.

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Legit.ng earlier reported that Diego Maradona may have passed away at the age of 60, but stats show that the legend was one of the players to have graced the game of football.

Scouting reports show that the 1986 World Cup winner had been excellent from his time at Boca Juniors.

The former Barcelona and Napoli attacker sadly passed on earlier this week due to a suspected cardiac arrest according to unconfirmed sources.

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