By Elliott Trotman |
Part of me feels that I shouldn’t be writing this—an article to remember Diego Maradona. It feels to me that this is thirty years too early. Yet here we are, saying goodbye to the legend that was Diego Maradona.
Diego was a unique individual. Some people loved him, some hated him, but everyone respected him. They respected him for what he accomplished, how he persevered through adversity and, most of all, how much passion he had for the game of football.
The true legend of Maradona was born in 1986, during Argentina’s triumphant 1986 World Cup campaign where he led Argentina to victory. 1986 is also the World Cup England fans would like to forget following Maradona’s infamous ‘Hand of God’ moment in the quarter final. A year later, Maradona helped Napoli win a Serie A title in 1987 and then again in 1990; Napoli was the place where Maradona played during his prime, scoring 81 goals in 188 appearances for the Blues.
It’s not just the photos that tell you he was a legend, it’s the words from the men who played with him and against him. Brazil’s Pele, 80, wrote on his official Twitter account saying: “What sad news. I lost a great friend, and the world lost a legend. There is still much to be said, but for now, may God give strength to family members. One day, I hope we can play football together in the sky”.
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, the greatest Argentinian player of the current generation and considered the greatest of all time, wrote on Instagram: “A very sad day for all Argentines and for football. He leaves us but does not leave, because Diego is eternal. I keep all the beautiful moments lived with him and I wanted to take the opportunity to send my condolences to all his family and friends. RIP”.
Though there is sadness that the legendary Diego is with us no more, Babe Ruth’s quote seems fitting to finish. “Heroes get remembered, but legends never die”.