Koeman welcomes Messi's Maradona tribute

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Koeman welcomes Messi's Maradona tribute

The Barca coach is happy with Lionel Messi’s “Newell’s Old Boys” tribute to Diego Maradona against Osasuna

One Argentine superstar honoured another after scoring against Osasuna, something that impressed his manager

Lionel Messi’s goal and his celebration in honour of Diego Maradona were “great in every sense”, according to Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman.

Messi scored in fine style to cap a 4-0 victory over Osasuna at Camp Nou on Sunday, a game that was preceded by a tribute to former Barca star Maradona, who died on Wednesday.

Having found the net, Messi removed his Barca shirt to reveal a Newell’s Old Boys jersey bearing Maradona’s famous No 10. The 1986 World Cup winner spent a season at the club, where Messi was later a youth player, towards the end of his career.

Koeman was impressed both with his captain’s finish and with the way he chose to pay his respects to his Argentine compatriot.

“These are the things of a great player: first because of the play and the goal, and second because of the gesture towards Maradona. It was something really great in every sense,” Koeman said. “I didn’t know Leo was going to do that celebration.”


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