Napoli captain Lorenzo Insigne celebrated a fine free-kick on Sunday by pulling out and kissing a Diego Maradona shirt in an emotional tribute to the Argentine legend.
Having steered Napoli to two Serie A titles, plus three other pieces of silverware, Maradona secured iconic statusat the Stadio San Paolo with talks the venue could now even be named after him.
The Italian sidedonned No.10 shirts in honour of their legend on Thursday in their 2-0 Europa League win over Rijeka and Insigne made sure to celebrate his strike on Sunday against Roma in special fashion.
After the game was stopped during the 10th minute, where players stopped and applauded in honour of Maradona, Insigne would then step up in the 30th to fire home a delightful opener and made the most of his celebration.
Prior to the match, the Napoli captain was also pictured placing flowers at a section of the San Paolo that donned a picture of Maradona.
Tributes for Maradona have come from all over the world in recent days but perhaps the most high-profile tribute was made by Lionel Messi on Sunday after he scored in Barcelona’s 4-0 win over Osasuna.
Messi, who was managed by Diego Maradona during his stint in charge of the national team, celebrated his 73rd minute strike by revealing a Newell’s Old Boysjersey with Maradona’s number on the back.
Antoine Griezmann admitted after the match that Messi had kept his planned gesture a secret.
“We didn’t know what Messi had prepared to honour Maradona,” Griezmann said. “It was a beautiful surprise.”
Taking to social media after Maradona’s passing, Messi was quick to point out that the Argentine legend will never be forgotten.
“A very sad day for all Argentines and for football. He leaves us but does not leave, because Diego is eternal,” Messi posted on Instagram.
Source : goal.com