Marseille manager Andre Villas-Boas urged FIFA to retire the number 10 shirt from all teams in tribute to Diego Maradona after the Argentine icon’s death. Maradona suffered a heart attack at his home in the outskirts of Buenos Aires on Wednesday, Argentinian media and acquaintances of the former player said.
“Maradona, yes it is tough news, I would like FIFA to retire the number 10 shirt in all competitions, for all teams,” Andre Villas-Boas told reporters after Marseille’s 2-0 Champions League defeat by Porto.
“It would be the best homage we could do for him. He is an incredible loss for the world of football.”
Maradona’s rags-to-riches story served as an inspiration for quite a few as he went on to become one of the greatest footballers of all time. The Argentina hero led the national side to World Cup glory in 1986, showcasing that he was a generational talent.
Heralded as soccer’s leading player, Maradona scored the epic “Hand of God” goal as Argentina defeated England 2-1 in the 1986 World Cup quarterfinals and led Argentina’s 3-2 victory over Germany in the World Cup final.
Maradona was the fifth of 8 children who grew up in a poor, gritty barrio on the Buenos Aires outskirts where he played a kind of dirt-patch football that launched many Argentines to international stardom. In 2001, FIFA named Maradona one of the two greatest in the sport’s history, alongside Pele.
Argentine President Alberto Fernandez declared three days of national mourning after the news of Maradona’s death.
Source: India Today