‘I’ll never forget his gesture’ – Neymar opens up on meeting Maradona as a teenager

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Neymar has opened up on an unforgettableearly meeting Diego Maradona as he paid tribute to the 1986 World Cup winner who passed away from a heart attack last week.

While Neymar has been household name for over a decade now, the Brazilian star crossed paths withMaradona when he was only just starting to show his promise for Santos.

One of their earlier exchangeswas one Neymar will never forget with Maradona going out of his way to make a young boy feel welcome and even ensuring the duo got a photo together.

“I had just a few contacts with Maradona, but I’ll never forget the one when I was 12 or 13 years old,” Neymar told Eleven Sports.

“I was just starting at Santos and I went to watch a showmatch between Brazil and Argentina -a game between former players.

“As the Brazilian team’s bus were already full, I couldn’t go with them, so they put me onto Argentina’s bus. There were twoguys highlighted in there, because they were sitting in the first seats: they were Alejandro Mancuso and Maradona.

“So theyput me alongside them and treated me very well. So well that, when we arrived in the stadium, they took me to Argentina’s locker room and ontothe field.

“I even have a photo with Maradona, from when I was a little. He called me over to take that picture. I’ll never forget his gesture.

“Onthe pitch he was an icon for everybody, sure. For me as well, but I’ve always respected him as an athlete and as a footballer. I will never forget that.”

Neymar is no stranger to talented Argentine footballers and expressed his desire to play with Lionel Messi again on Wednesday night.

The duo spent four seasons together at Barcelona and the PSG forward has declared they need to be reunited next season with Messi’s contract at Camp Nou due to expire.

Source : goal.com