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The story of Messi's tribute to Maradona


A jersey offered by a collector united the two Argentinian legends for a celebration. Behind the scenes.

This is the story of a judge.

Football fan.

Supporter of Diego Maradona and… Lionel Messi.

“What can you give a boy who has everything?” Asked Sergio Fernandez, judge by profession, collector by passion.

Twice, he had tried to give the star striker of Barça a "Pibe de Oro" jersey worn during his time at Newell's Old Boys, a club which in 1993 marked his return to Argentina after eleven years spent in Europe ( Barcelona, ​​Naples, Seville).

He finally succeeded in the third attempt, before the World Cup in 2018. Sergio Fernandez thought he had gone to the end of his story.

'So long, Diego'

- Leo # / mhJm8Zkmg1

- FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 30, 2020

He had not since had any news from Messi, before seeing the shirt exposed in tribute to the 1986 world champion, who died Wednesday of a cardiac arrest, by the wisp of Barça after a splendid goal scored during the victory of the Blaugrana 4-0 against Osasuna.

Images that have toured the world of football.

In an endless succession of tributes on all terrains and in all sports, that of Lionel Messi will keep a special place.

A story told in

Mundo Deportivo

, taking up the story of Daniel Arcucci, the biographer of Maradona in

El Grafico

, an Argentinian newspaper.

The other link that united the two Argentines through the Newell's is that Lionel Messi had attended with his father, a supporter of the team, the first match of Maradona in his new colors.

Lionel Messi was six years old, has since admitted not having kept any particular memory of the meeting but assured knowing that he had attended.

What to give a double personal resonance to a tribute which the Barcelona locker room knew nothing about.

The photographers were then able to paste the images of the two Argentines with the red and black jerseys, of which they both wore the colors.

A tribute that is on the front page in Spain this Monday: “A 10 for history” for


, “In the name of 10” for


, “Amen”, for

Mundo Deportivo

, “My God”, for



As in Argentina: An “Eternal Connection” for

La Nacion


A celebration full of emotions.

Like the one that made Dalma, the eldest daughter of Diego Maradona, burst into tears.

Invited to attend the Boca Juniors game, she was very moved by the celebration of the players after their first goal in the 2-0 victory against… Newell's Old Boys.

Nice touch from Boca Junior's players for Dalma Maradona, Diego's daughter, after their first goal tonight.

- Niall McGrath (@ niallmcgrath4) November 29, 2020

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