Four days after the death of the Argentinian legend Boca players returned to the pitch with a moving tribute to honor the loss of their late coach.
players paid a tribute to
’s daughter after their 2-0 win againstNewell
. Including his former team, many footballers paid their respects to the ex-coach following his death on Wednesday. Boca juniors, who had to postpone their match a few hours after the legend’s death, played their first match against Old Boys since his passing.
Boca scored their first goal through a free-kick then later they laid Maradona’s Jersey on the floor and applauded as they stood in front of the private box in which his daughter, Dalma, was watching.
After the game Boca coach, Miguel Angel Russo, said:
"I knew it was going to be an uphill struggle. The phrase I used was that, to pay homage to the best in the world, you have to play well and that Boca needed to win.”
"It was the best way to pay homage to him, to play this beautiful sport well that he played to an incomparably high level.”
"We got through it in the best way. I am happy for the victory. The day has been covered by a blanket because of what Diego Maradona was as a player and person."
Boca players includingCarlos Izquierdoz
all wore jerseys with Maradona’s name on the back, but according to Izquierdoz he felt humble to wear it.
"The truth is that wearing a name like that on my shirt gave me a little embarrassment, so to speak,"
"We tried to do it responsibly. I'm happy for tributes that have been paid to him everywhere. We were able to win, to show that we wanted to play – the best tribute was to give his family a win.”
"They were special moments. The truth is that all this generates emotion, remembering such an emblematic player who represented so much for Argentine footballer, the country.”
"He always put the flag on his shoulders. He deserved recognition."