Gary Lineker has shared a hilarious story from the final time he met Diego Maradona.
The Argentine soccer icon died on the age of 60 after struggling a cardiac arrest on Wednesday.
Maradona is greatest remembered for his two objectives scored in Argentina’s 2-1 win towards England on the 1986 World Cup.
The attacking midfielder’s well-known Hand of God purpose opened the scoring, earlier than a mesmerising solo run doubled his aspect’s lead.
Lineker pulled one again for England, nevertheless it was not sufficient as Maradona went on to captain his nation to World Cup glory.
The pair had been final seen collectively through the 2018 World Cup closing draw as Lineker was on the receiving finish of a Maradona joke.
On Thursday, he instructed talkSPORT: “He had a stunning sense of humour.
“I did the World Cup draw, the final time I noticed him, in Moscow. We went by means of the draw and I had somewhat joke at his expense about selecting the balls out, saying he’s fairly good along with his fingers.
“He thought it was actually humorous. It was fairly a posh presentation.
“On the finish of it, he got here as much as me and he stated, ‘Gary, Gary, that was wonderful, you probably did a unbelievable job’. I stated, ‘thanks, Diego’.
“He stated, ‘you recognize Gary, as a footballer, you had been okay, however as a presenter doing this… should you had been nearly as good at soccer as you’re at presenting, you might need been almost nearly as good as me!’”
Lineker dubbed Maradona’s second strike towards England as the best purpose he has ever seen on a soccer pitch.
He added: “On a enjoying floor that was so poor, to do what he did was actually extraordinary.
“It was the one time in my profession the place I genuinely felt that I should put my fingers collectively and applaud that purpose. Part of me was additionally gutted.
“It was undoubtedly one of the best factor I’ve ever seen on a soccer pitch. It’s one of the best purpose that’s ever been scored.
“You see nice objectives each from time to time, I’ve seen [Lionel] Messi rating similar to that, nevertheless it was in a LaLiga recreation, not in a quarter-final of a World Cup towards England on a dodgy pitch.
“A few of the issues he might do had been actually breathtaking. It was virtually like he’d been planted down from another planet.”