Former Real Madrid star and Real Valladolid chairman Ronaldo Nazario addressed his relationship with Diego Maradona at his latest interview.
passed away at his home in Buenos Aires this previous week at 60 years old, after struggling with different ailments since he hanged up his boots in 1997.
“I was very close with Diego, he was a spectacular guy,” Ronaldo said in comments provided by Marca. “He left us an incredible legacy in football.
“His loss is unfortunate and very hard. The news caught me by surprise and it was very sad. I want to send commiserations to his family and friends.
“Diego changed the lives of many people. I am and will always be eternally grateful for the inspiration that Maradona gave me.”
said his last discussion with Maradona occurred around a quarter of a year prior, and they talked about a player Maradona was training.
“I asked him about a player of his, a midfielder,” Ronaldo said. “He told me wonders. We talked about he was doing and he was fantastic. He always wanted to help me.”
Ronaldo additionally explained a fascinating story disclosing why Maradona used to wear two watches, alluding to a visit Maradona paid him when he played for
“One of the first times he came to Madrid to visit me and watch a game, we had dinner,” Ronaldo said. “Diego wore two watches and the legend about his watches was that he couldn’t move without them.
“I asked him why and he told me that his daughter had given him the two watches and since then he had never taken them off. At the end of the dinner he took one off and gave it to me.
“I didn’t want to accept it, but he got angry at my refusal so I ended up accepting it. I will keep it all my life as a gesture of his generosity and kindness.”
Both Ronaldo and Maradona broke the world transfer record twice in their professional career and were volatile superstars who were relentless in their top form. They were both likewise World Cup victors.
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