Diego Maradona’s love affair with a soccer has no parallels. If Gary Lineker, an English nice in his personal proper, felt the bond between the 2, India’s IM Vijayan noticed it, standing proper subsequent to the Argentine icon.
One and a half many years of worldwide soccer, with loads of success, nearly paled compared to the couple of minutes Vijayan received to spend with Maradona.
That’s Diego Maradona, that’s his influence, stated the scorer of one of many quickest targets in aggressive soccer.The previous India captain had the chance to satisfy, play ball and hug one of many world’s best sporting stars throughout a non-public occasion in Kerala just a few years in the past.
“In 2012 in Kannur, I noticed first-hand what soccer meant to Maradona. As a part of festivities, a cake was designed like a floor with a soccer on prime of it. The second Maradona noticed it, he refused to chop it,” the 51-year-old Vijayan advised PTI recalling the incident.
Vijayan, considered one of India’s greats on the planet sport, stated that the incident “advised me” how a lot the soccer and the bottom meant to Maradona who died on Wednesday following a cardiac arrest. He was 60.
“He agreed to chop solely the outer a part of the cake. I can say that taking part in two minutes of soccer with him on the stage stays considered one of my largest achievements in life,” he added.
Vijayan additionally felt Maradona’s outspokenness and childlike enthusiasm might have been the explanations behind the numerous issues he encountered in his blessed but troubled life.”I at all times felt he had the guts of a kid. And his forthright strategy might have created all the issues for him.
“He’s open about issues and say them as they’re, on the face,” Vijayan stated.
His demise resonated past soccer with sporting icons similar to Mike Tyson and Magic Johnson paying wealthy tributes and recalling their encounters with the soccer wizard.
“He might have died however within the hearts of us footballers, he’ll reside on ceaselessly. To me, Maradona is God, and God doesn’t die,” stated Vijayan.
“Like so many different footballers the world over and India, I too began taking part in soccer after watching him play within the 1986 World Cup and carry the trophy, nearly singlehandedly, along with his dazzling sport,” he recalled.
Vijayan agreed with Lineker’s description of Maradona’s romance with soccer — the previous English striker has performed towards the Argentine in his heydays, together with the 1986 World Cup.”He has such an unbelievable ardour for the sport. I’ve by no means seen anybody have such a wonderful affection with a soccer. Diego is unbelievable,” Lineker stated in a heartfelt tribute, which has gone viral on-line.