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Argentina Pay Emotional Tribute to Diego Maradona Prior to Copa America Opener Against Chile

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Argentina paid an emotional tribute to Diego Maradona following the icon's death last year
Argentina paid an emotional tribute to Diego Maradona following the icon's death last year / CARL DE SOUZA/Getty Images
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Argentina paid a spectacular tribute to Diego Maradona before the nation's opening game of the 2021 Copa America against Chile on Monday night.

Maradona, a football icon, passed away at the age of 60 in November 2020. A holographic version of the former Argentina star was seen performing tricks inside the Nilton Santos Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, while the shirt he wore changed between the teams he used to play for, from Barcelona to Napoli to Newell's Old Boys.

The official Copa America Twitter page posted the video of the display with the caption: 'THANKS DIEGO! Emotional tribute to the star Diego Armando Maradona in CONMEBOL #CopaAmérica, eternal 10!'

"We are paying our respects to one of the greatest players in history," CONMEBOL said in a statement.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi put his side ahead with a stunning free kick, but Argentina failed to hold on to their lead, eventually drawing 1-1 with Chile.

After Maradona's death in November, Messi took to Instagram to pay his respects to his fellow countryman. "A very sad day for all Argentines and for football. He's left us but he hasn't gone, because Diego is eternal," he wrote alongside pictures of the two of them together.

"I'll keep all the great times I enjoyed with him and want to take the opportunity to send my deepest respects to all his family and friends. RIP."

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