Nantes Leave Fans With Mixed Emotions After Posting a Picture of Diego Maradona Meeting Emiliano Sala in Heaven

Nov 28, 2020, 12:30 PM GMT+5:30
Diego Armando Maradona Death Mourning In Naples
Argentine football legend Maradona passed away on Wednesday from a heart attack aged 60 | Ivan Romano/Getty Images

Ligue 1 football club Nantes left fans on Twitter with mixed emotions after posting a cartoon drawing of Argentine legend Diego Maradona meeting Emiliano Sala in heaven.

Maradona passed away on Wednesday from a heart attack, only weeks after he underwent brain surgery in November. And Nantes shared a picture of their former player, Sala, welcoming Maradona to heaven.

Sala, who was supposed to join Cardiff, died in January 2019 in a tragic plane crash while on his way to England.

The tweet has been liked over 57,000 times and fans flooded in with emotional reactions as they remembered the two former footballers.

One fan tweeted: "Two stars who will be able to party together in paradise', whilst another said: 'it breaks my heart".

However, the drawing did not sit well with everyone, with one fan tweeting: "Something uncomfortable about this."

Napoli are set to rename their stadium 'Stadio Diego Armando Maradona' in honour of the late 60-year-old. Forward Dries Mertens, who wears the No 10 shirt made infamous by the Argentine, was equally emotional when speaking after Napoli's 2-0 Europa League win during the midweek.

"It was an awful moment for me, so I can only imagine how those who lived through his time at Napoli must have felt," Mertens told Sky Sport Italia. "He made such a big impact on this city and for everyone in the south of Italy. I want to be positive, and focus on my memories of a smiling man who loved football."