Lionel Messi paid an emotional tribute to Diego Maradona by revealing aNewell’s Old Boys shirtafter scoring for Barcelona against Osasuna.
Barca were back to somewhere near theirbest in the 4-0 win over Osasuna, and Messi found his way onto the scoresheet after 73 minutes. He was found on the edge of the box by Francisco Trincao and made space for himself before firing home.
Upon finding the target, his first in open play this term, Messi took off his Barcelona shirt to reveal a Newell’s Old Boys jersey, with the No.10 on the back in tribute to Maradona.
Messi pointed to the sky while displaying the Newell’s kit, in a show of emotion for his fellow Argentinian.
In accordance with the rules, Messi was subsequently shown a yellow card for taking off his Barca shirt.
Messi spent a spell in his youth at Newell’s, a club Maradona represented for one year towards the end of his career.
The pairshared the pitch together in 2005, in an exhibition match featuring some greats of Argentina football. Neither was anywhere near their peak, with Messi 18 and Maradona 45, but they had great respect for each other’s talents.
Maradona coached Messi for a spell at international level, when he was in charge of the Argentina team from 2008 to 2010.
Along with Pele, Maradona and Messi are in the conversation over the greatest footballer of all time- although the latter once dismissed any comparison between himself andthe two.
“Even if I played for a million years, I’d never come close to Maradona,” Messi said. “Not that I’d want to anyway. He’s the greatest there’s ever been.”
Source : goal.com