Cafu on Maradona: 'He cared for football like you care for a child'

Tue 08 December 2020 | 12:13

Previous Brazil global Cafu conversed with Stats Perform News about the iconic Diego Maradona and his effect on football


Diego Maradona

play was "the best thing in the world" for


, who has portrayed the late Argentinian legend as a virtuoso. 

The world of football grieved the passing of an incredible figure after Maradona died on November 25 at 60 years old. 

He won 91 caps for Argentina national team from 1977 to 1994 - including leading his nation to win the 1986 FIFA World Cup - and will always be a symbol at Napoli for helping them win their only two Serie A titles. 

Regardless of wearing the Brazil shirt which is the traditional rival of Argentina, Cafu has full admiration towards Maradona whom he says sits on a similar level as Pele with regards to talking about the best player ever. 

"He was one of the best ever, without any doubt," Cafu stated

"There are only two best ever: Dieguito, as I called him, and Pele.  

"Football lost the magic of touching the ball. Dieguito cared for the football like you care for a child. He really joked with the football and the sport. 

"For us, fans and players, to watch him play was unbelievable, the best thing in the world. I remember a set-piece he took inside the box [against Juventus], he just caressed the ball and laid it in the goal. 

"Now our world is mourning not because we lost a player, but because we lost a football genius."


himself depicted Maradona as a "

true legend

" in an emotional Instagram post:

"Many people loved to compare us all their lives. You were a genius that enchanted the world. A magician with the ball at his feet. A true legend. But above all that, for me, you will always be a great friend, with an even bigger heart," Pele wrote to accompany a picture of the pair.

"Today, I know that the world would be much better if we could compare each other less and start admiring each other more. So, I want to say that you are incomparable."

source: SportMob