Diego Maradona, one of the greatest players to ever compete in the sport of football, passed away last November at the age of 60. The Argentine was controversial but incredible; he had issues in his personal life but was one of the most talented and entertaining footballers to ever do it.
An incredible tribute to Diego Maradona ahead of Argentina vs. Chile… 🇦🇷 #CopaAmerica
— The Athletic UK (@TheAthleticUK) June 14, 2021
This summer’s Copa America is the first since his passing, and their organisers took a moment to remember him before Argentina’s game with Chile last night in Rio de Janeiro. In a stunning visual display, Maradona was seen imitating his famous warm-up against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Cup semi-final back in 1989, as a Napoli player, dressed in the colours of each club he represented during his career, including Barcelona and Sevilla.
Diego Maradona's famous warm-up before a UEFA Cup semi-final against Bayern in 1989 😍😳
Shoe laces undone the whole time too. pic.twitter.com/ULc2oB2PcC
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) June 15, 2021
The game ended 1-1. Lionel Messi, another all-time great who’ll always be compared to Maradona because of his nationality, gave Argentina the lead with a jaw-dropping free kick in the 33rd minute. Chile equalised in the 57th minute through Eduardo Vargas.