Over the last 24 hours, plenty of people in the football world have mourned the passing of Diego Maradona. During their training session, the entire Paris Saint-Germain squad posed for a picture with the Argentina flag and Argentina National Team jersey as an hommage to Maradona.
Then the players like Leandro Paredes, Ángel Di María, and Neymar Jr. took turns speaking about Maradona in a video released by PSG through various social media outlets.
Di María was the first to speak, where he admitted that hearing the news of Maradona’s death wasn’t the person he first thought of when someone told him that Diego had passed.
“It was difficult, it was a sad day,” Di María said. “When we started hearing the news that Diego was gone, we wondered: which Diego? Because no one could imagine it was Maradona. It was something very shocking.”
The PSG forward then discussed when he met Maradona for the first time.
“The first time I met him was at the 2010 World Cup,” Di María said. “He came to see me when I was playing at Benfica, and he called me for selection. Honestly, I couldn’t believe I was seeing him, eating with him. I was 22, I was very young, and having him in front of me was unique.”
Paredes followed his compatriot in sharing what Maradona meant to him when he heard the news of the Argentina legend.
“For those of us who loved Diego, it was very difficult news. Today he rests in peace. I extend my condolences to his family, and I think of them very much,” Paredes said. “He gave us everything. We are more than grateful to him. He gave everything on a field, all he had, all his courage to represent his country. It’s incredible. I am completely grateful to him.”
Although not from Argentina, Neymar is South American and knew the names when he started being passionate about the sport of football.
“When I started to be passionate about football, I knew the names of the players who had made history. For me, those names have always been Pelé and Maradona,” Neymar said. “He is gone, but he leaves a beautiful legacy, and he will always live through football. Football thanks Diego for choosing this sport, and I am happy to play the same sport as him.”
« Quand on m’a prévenu que Diego était parti, j’ai demandé "Quel Diego ?" parce que je ne pouvais pas imaginer que c'était Maradona. Ça a été un choc. »
🙏 L'hommage d'Ángel Di María et d'autres Parisiens à la légende 𝗗𝗶𝗲𝗴𝗼 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗱𝗼𝗻𝗮 🇦🇷 pic.twitter.com/vTNHcBzIpb
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) November 26, 2020
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