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Lionel Messi & Fellow Argentina Players Pay Tribute to Diego Maradona Before World Cup Qualifier Against Chile

Arjun Singh Devgan
Lionel Messi and Argentina players were present of the unveiling of Diego Maradona's statue before their game against Chile
Lionel Messi and Argentina players were present of the unveiling of Diego Maradona's statue before their game against Chile / Pool/Getty Images
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Argentina skipper and talisman, Lionel Messi was among the Argentina players and coaches who paid tribute to the country's legend, Diego Maradona in a statue unveiling ceremony before their World Cup qualifier on Thursday against Chile.

Maradona breathed his last aged 60 on November 25 in Buenos Aires after suffering from a cardiac arrest, with a number of greats of the game paying tributes to the legendary skipper - with Messi being one of them by celebrating a goal for Barcelona with the shirt of Argentine club Newell’s Old Boys, where the 1986 World Cup winner had also played.

Messi, along with his team-mates and manager, Lionel Scaloni were present at the unveiling of a bronze statue of the soccer great at the Único Madres de Ciudades stadium, in Santiago del Estero. The statue depicts Maradona with hand on his waist and a ball at his feet, along with in inscription that reads "Diego Maradona, 1960-2020” and a symbol representing infinity.

The players were also pictured wearing a shirt of Maradona during their game against Chile, with the game ending 1-1 with Messi getting on the scoresheet on the day. Argentina are currently placed second in the South America World Cup qualifiers, with 11 points from five games - one behind table toppers and rivals, Brazil.

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