Diego Maradona dies: FIFA should retire number 10 from football – Villas-Boas

Diego Maradona dies: FIFA should retire number 10 from football – Villas-Boas
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Diego Maradona dies: FIFA should retire number 10 from football – Villas-Boas

Diego Maradona dies: FIFA ought to retire quantity 10 from soccer – Villas-Boas

Marseille head coach Andre Villas-Boas urged FIFA to “withdraw the quantity 10 for all competitions” to honour Diego Maradona.

Maradona, broadly thought to be top-of-the-line gamers of all-time, died on the age of 60 on Wednesday after a suspected coronary heart assault.

He starred within the quantity 10 for Napoli and Argentina throughout his enjoying profession, and the shirt was retired by the Serie A membership in his honour in 2000.

Villas-Boas desires to see FIFA go one step additional and withdraw the quantity 10 fully.

“For Maradona, it’s a tough blow. I would really like FIFA to withdraw the quantity 10 for all competitions, all groups,” he advised a information convention after Marseille’s 2-0 Champions League loss to Porto on Wednesday.

“I feel it’s the most effective tribute that may be given to the best participant within the historical past of soccer. It’s an unimaginable loss for the world of soccer.”

Villas-Boas mentioned he would at all times keep in mind his one assembly with Maradona.

“Sure, I met him as soon as. He was a visitor on the Pinetina, the Inter Milan sports activities centre, after I was there,” he mentioned.

“And I keep in mind this picture, subsequent to my trophies in Porto. Due to that, I purchased a watch when Hublot had them signed by Maradona. And this watch got here with a jersey signed by him that I nonetheless maintain. These are good reminiscences.

“However Maradona wasn’t simply that. It’s his genius from the world of soccer, the photographs he leaves us, the picture of his warm-up in Naples, these sorts of issues which are extraordinary.

“It’s a loss for everybody. I solely met him as soon as, subsequent to one another, it’s a second I gained’t overlook.”

Maradona, the captain and inspiration behind Argentina’s World Cup success in 1986 earlier than occurring to teach his nation on the 2010 showpiece, had been hospitalised simply days after turning 60.

He appeared in a fragile state when he briefly made an look as his Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata aspect performed a match on the night of his birthday final month.

Maradona gained 91 caps for Argentina between 1977 and 1994, scoring 34 objectives at worldwide stage.

He began his profession with Argentinos Juniors earlier than becoming a member of Boca Juniors and went on to play for Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla and Newell’s Previous Boys earlier than returning to Boca in 1995.

Maradona had the most effective years of his membership profession in Italy, enjoying an enormous half in Napoli successful the Serie A title within the 1986-87 and 1989-90 seasons.

Playmaker Maradona additionally lifted the UEFA Cup with Napoli in 1989 and he gained three trophies throughout his time at Barca – together with the Copa del Rey in 1983.

Maradona additionally had stints in command of Textil Mandiyu, Racing Membership, Al-Wasl, Fujairah and Dorados de Sinaloa in Mexico earlier than being appointed by Gimnasia final yr.

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