Leeds United manager, Marcelo Bielsa has paid tribute to Argentine "idol" following his passing away at the age of 60 on Wednesday by revealing that 1986 World Cup winner was an "artist" who's "beauty cannot be matched".
Maradona's passing due to a cardiac arrest shocked the footballing world, leading to millions of fans mourning following the death of arguably the greatest player in the history of the sport. Bielsa is another who has always held his fellow countryman in the highest regard, revealing that in his mind there is no debate as to who is the best in history.
“He could not be better. He was for us and will continue to be an idol. Given the fact he is not here with us anymore, it brings us great sadness. To lose an idol for us is something that makes us feel weak. Everything he did as a footballer was a beauty which cannot be matched," Bielsa said as quoted by Goal.
“Maradona was an artist. The dimensions of the repercussions of his art has infinite recognitions. To give one example, that stands out, the songs that have been written about him are extraordinary. I have read texts after his death that have been emotional and it is a recognition of what he gave the spectators in beauty.
“In terms of what he signifies to us (Argentines) in particular, Diego made us feel like it was a fantasy; like an idol makes you feel," he added.
Bielsa himself is considered to be an icon in the sport, with the likes of Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino admitting that they are inspired by his football style and philosophy.