Juventus and Benevento paused their match in the 10th minute on Saturday to honour Diego Maradona, who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 60.
The Argentine legend led Napoli to two Serie A titles, one Coppa Italia and one UEFA Cup during his time with the club.
In Saturday’s match, Juventus and Benevento stopped play during the 10th minute to stand and applaud Maradona, with a graphic in the stands on the broadcast reading: “Ad10s Diego”.
On Thursday, Napoli were able to pay tribute to Maradona ahead of their Europa League match, with all of their players wearing the No.10 jersey when lined up before the game.
“It was tough to pull that shirt on. In some ways, it was always a dream, but not like this,” Napoli star Dries Mertens told Sky Italia after the game.
Juve and Beneventowere far from the only sides to honour Maradona on Saturday, with tributes coming in from grounds all over Europe.
Everton and Leeds United held a minute’s applause before their Premier League match with Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti – who played against Maradona during his career – becoming emotional on the touchline.
“You were always a genius,” Ancelotti wrote on Twitter after Maradona’s passing.”Today is a very sad day and a great loss. But you my friend are eternal. Ciao Diego. Rest In Peace.”
Manchester City and Burnley, meanwhile, had a minute of silence and then applause before their Premier League game earlier in the day.
In Germany, Bundesliga clubs also held a minute of silence before their matches to remember Maradona.
Meanwhile in France, players from Marseille and Nantes lined up and formed an “M” before their match, a tribute that will be repeated in Ligue 1 all weekend.
Source : goal.com