Joe Cole has talked about his feelings when he found out that Maradona knew his name.
who mourns the loss of the great football legend as everyone has talked about the day
visited them in Chelsea’s training camp.
"I didn't know he was coming but when I saw him I walked towards him and I said ‘Diego’ and he said ‘Joe Cole’,"
Cole told Goal
. "I cuddled him and didn’t let go! I was just thinking ‘wow, he knows my name’. I wanted to pinch myself; just him knowing my name made me feel on top of the world.
"I was looking at how the others reacted and he turned us into little boys again. There are very few footballers who are icons. Maradona, Pele, and I think Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will become real icons when they retire. These are superstars who transcend the sport.
"I think Maradona is the godfather for us number 10s. He was the one we all wanted to be as good as. No one, except Messi, has got to that level. I had a VHS of some of his greatest goals. The sport of football brings people together and you can make an impact.
"I was a boy in London watching videos of him and hoping to be like him. He was fantastic as a player and a flawed genius, troubled by his personal life but he played football like he was sent from the heavens.
"We should celebrate him. We should understand his faults because no humans are perfect and, at times, there is a bit of Maradona in all of us. I met Liam Gallagher from Oasis, Ronnie Wood from the Rolling Stones and Gazza, Paul Gascoigne, and only they made me feel close to how starstruck Maradona did."
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