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Frank McGarvey remembers being torn by "outstanding" Maradona

Wed 25 November 2020 | 22:29

The former Celtic and St Mirren player won his second Scotland cap against Argentina in a friendly match on June 2, 1979, and was looking forward to meeting the 18-year-old emerging superstar.

Maradona

performed a play for the +60,000 Scottish people and netted the third goal – and his first for his country – in the 3-1 world champions win.

The Argentina World Cup winner had been in hospital in Buenos Aires after surgery to remove a blood clot on the brain earlier this month.

I was told to look out for this teenager, who was the real deal.

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McGarvey

said.

He looked like a wee boy but he was unbelievable. He tore us to shreds.

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He had speed over five yards and then speed to get away from you.

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I remember chasing him. I was quick and he had the ball but he was running away from me and so I left him to David Narey and Paul Hegarty and went to mark someone else. He was too good for me. He was outstanding in every way.

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After that game I kept a close eye on what he was doing and what a player he became.

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He won the 1986 World Cup by himself and he done it in style.

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And in the England game he scored probably the greatest goal ever, beating half the England team and then go past the keeper to score.

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Messi and Ronaldo are great players but nowhere near Maradona, he is the greatest.

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It is a very sad day for me. He is the greatest player I will ever see.


source: SportMob