Lionel Messi paid homage to Diego Maradona on Sunday by revealing a Newell’s Old Boys jersey donning the number 10, following the death of the great Argentinian footballer earlier this week.
The pair had worked together on the national scene, when Maradona coached Argentina at the 2010 World Cup, and both players spent time at Newell’s during their career.
And Messi paid tribute on Sunday afternoon, scoring his seventh goal of the season against Osasuna, and then removing his Barcelona shirt to reveal a Newell’s Old Boys jersey underneath.
The 33-year-old looked to the heavens upon striking a glorious goal, holding his arms aloft and showing off the iconic jersey once worn by the World Cup winner.
The Napoli legend began his adventure in Europe at Barcelona, where he spent two seasons before heading to Italy amid plenty of controversy. But he left a long-lasting mark on La Liga during that period, despite suffering injury and illness issues at Camp Nou.
Maradona also stands as a God-like figure in Argentina, given his heroics for the national team, helping them win the World Cup in 1986, and carrying them to the final in 1990. He also led Napoli to two league titles in his time in Serie A.
Messi marked this special occasion with a wonder goal, picking the ball up outside the box and dribbling towards the penalty area in typical fashion, before unleashing a superb left-footed arrow into the top corner.
It was the fourth goal of the afternoon for La Blaugrana, who put Osasuna to the sword with a fitting performance in honour of the great Maradona. The footballing hero tragically passed away on Wednesday, after suffering health complications and heart failure.