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Zlatan: What Maradona did outside the field doesn’t affect his legacy

Sat 28 November 2020 | 12:29

Milan striker has paid tribute to the Argentinean legend and his great impact on football.

Diego Maradona

’s death on Wednesday shocked the football world and many players such as Messi, Pele, and Cristiano Ronaldo have paid tribute to the legend. The Argentinian who led his country to win the 1986 world cup died of a heart attack after undergoing brain surgery earlier this month. But the Former 

Napoli 

star’s personal life had a dark side as his dependency on Alcohol and drugs affected his football career. In a recent interview with 

Sky Sports

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

 has spoken about Diego Maradona and his opinion on the Argentinian’s impact on football.

“I'm so sorry, because for me Maradona is more than football. It has become a religion for many and I was lucky enough to know him and talk to him," said the Milan striker.

“He is a symbol of what he has done on the pitch. I always judge him for what he did on the pitch, what he did outside, in my opinion, is his problem and not ours. 

"We must remember him for what he did as a footballer and in my opinion, he will be remembered forever. When you see number 10 who do you think about? Maradona. 

"It is a symbol, even today there are those who choose that number for him."

Ibrahimovic believes that Maradona’s personality has set him apart from the rest of the top football players.

“As a person, he did everything with his heart, there were no other motives or thoughts. 

"I don't know if that's the right thing, but that's why the whole world loved him. 

"He was always himself. In today's football, everyone tries to be perfect, but to grow and learn you have to make mistakes. 

"Maradona always did everything with his heart and will always remain number one."

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