‘He brought something different to football,’ Ex- Eagles duo pay tributes to Maradona

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29 Jul 1986: Diego Maradona of Argentina kisses the trophy after the World Cup final against West Germany at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. Argentina won the match 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Mike King/Allsport

Ex-Super Eagles Players Emmanuel Amuneke and Finidi George have joined the rest of the world to pay tribute to late Argentine Legend Diego Maradona.

The former Argentina attacking midfielder and manager suffered a heart attack at his Buenos Aires home.

In a separate chat with Wazobia FM Sports Correspondent Favour Itua, Emmanuel Amuneke who was on for the entire duration at the FIFA World Cup in 1994 against Argentina, described Maradona as a man who brought something different to Football.

“like I have said, I was privilege to have plaid against Maradona and as a kid growing up I watched him play in the World Cup in Mexico 1986 and after some years I was privilege to that I have the opportunity to represent my country and then playing against him.

“I think he is a legend, he is somebody that has done so much for the game, he is somebody that has put smiles into the millions of loving fans when it comes to football, he deserves a big respect but unfortunately when you talk about Maradona people look at his life style, the drugs, banning and all sort of things but of course history can never forget Maradona because he brought something different into Football, created lots of awareness into Football, he is somebody that has shown over the years during his playing days that success is achievable through hard work and through commitment.

“May God guide his soul, may his soul rest in peace and may God give his family the grace and strength to bear this difficult times, the whole world is mourning, it is very sad.”

Nigerian dazzling winger Finidi George described Maradona as the ‘greatest’ to have played the game.

“Although I don’t have a personal relationship with Maradona, but I think he is one of the greatest that has played the game, it is so sad he left so soon, may his soul rest in perfect peace.”

Maradona was captain when Argentina won the 1986 World Cup, scoring the famous ‘Hand of God’ goal against England in the quarter-finals.

His last World Cup and game for Argentina came in 1994 in the United States against the Super Eagles. The game gave the opportunity to the likes of Amuneke, Finidi amongst others to play against him.

Maradona scored 34 goals in 91 appearances for Argentina, representing them in four World Cup finals.

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