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Ledesma highlighted the universal appeal of Maradona

Thu 26 November 2020 | 13:05

Pumas coach Mario Ledesma told Diego Maradona almost fit to be "king of the world" and as he had "magic", he succeeded to get Argentinians together with his football talent.

Hours after

Maradona

's death has been announced,

Ledesma

spoke in Australia before Argentina's Rugby Championship match against New Zealand.

"

It was like magic and he was an example of how you should play for this jersey, and to be fair he was passionate about every team. He would go and watch tennis, hockey, rugby, football, everything.

"

Ledesma

said.

"

Whenever there was an Argentinian jersey he was there and he united people in Argentina, and in Argentina sometimes it's difficult to unite people who think different.

"

Political instability, economic difficulties, and social tensions have troubled Argentina during Maradona's long presence in football.

"

He gave a lot of happiness to a lot of people in difficult times,

"

Ledesma

, 47, said.

At the time of his death, Argentina's 1986 World Cup-winning captain was coach of top-flight club Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata.

The country is now entering three days of mourning.

"

Obviously he's somebody that came from very little and he became the king of the world almost, so that gives hope for a lot of Argentinians that struggle and think that could be possible for them too

."

 


source: SportMob