Slaven Bilic marked the demise of Diego Maradona by remembering the one time he had shared a pitch with the great Argentinean legend.
One of the greatest players of all time passed away on Wednesday at the age of 60 because of a heart attack. Tributes from all over the world poured in.
West Brom manager,
, also added his sympathies and shared his sorrow at the news. Bilic played against
as Croatia faced Argentina in a friendly match 26 years ago, which was in Zagreb in their last friendly, their last test before the United States World Cup.
“I had that privilege, he was unbelievable,” Bilic remembered. “It was a friendly game but a big game for Croatia. In 1994 we weren’t playing competitive FIFA games because we were a new country from the war.
“For us it was a friendly but it was a packed stadium. For them it was the last game before the World Cup. They were all playing - Batistuta, Redondo - so many stars in their team but it was only Maradona.
“Maradona was a one-off. He was a one-off in the way he touched the ball. I remember the famous Croatian captain (Zvonimir) Boban, he was a very skilful player, saying he touched the ball differently to any other player in the world. That’s true.”