Jurgen Klopp Pays Tribute to Diego Maradona; Opens up on His Comparison With Lionel Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo

Nov 28, 2020, 11:24 AM GMT+5:30
Diego Maradona
France v Argentina: Round of 16 - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia | Reinaldo Coddou H./Getty Images

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp paid tribute to the late Diego Maradona by revealing that meeting the Argentina icon was like meeting the Pope while also comparing him to the likes of modern legends, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Maradona passed away on Wednesday after suffering a heart attack at his home in Buenos Aires which led to outpouring of grief and homage among his millions of fans around the world and Klopp for his part has opened up on the time he met the footballing icon.

"The best through my lifetime. Maybe not now, I saw Cristiano and Messi now. In my career, he was the standout player. His life shows how nice it can be when you're world-class and how difficult it can be too. An impressive figure," he said as quoted by Mirror.

"I met him once which for a player of my level was like meeting the Pope. You can see reactions all over the world. If we showed him the respect he deserves while alive instead of selfies, we could have helped him," Klopp added.

While there will always be a debate on who is the greatest player in the history of football, there is no doubt that Maradona enthralled audiences around the globe with his skill and talent on the pitch.