Few people in football were as affected by Diego Maradona‘s death in 2020 than Lionel Messi. The Paris Saint-Germain star has spent his career being compared with his former Argentina coach, and was moved when the news broke of his passing on November 25, 2020.
The then-captain of Barcelona paid his own personal tribute to the 1986 World Cup winner by scoring a goal in the Catalans’ next match and removing his shirt to reveal one of Newell’s Old Boys with the No.10 beneath. He also shared a post on Instagram.
Now, one year on, Messi discussed the anniversary in an exclusive interview with MARCA held earlier in the week.
“It seems like yesterday, I have a strange feeling,” Messi said.
“It feels incredible that a year has passed already and, without him here, Argentina are again champions [of the Copa America] after so many years.
“You always think that, at some point, you’ll see him again on TV, in an interview, or giving his opinion about something. But it’s been a long time since he passed away and it seems like yesterday.
“I’ll always remember the best memories we shared, those that I was lucky enough to have with him.”