Newell's Old Boys Give Gimnasia Manager Diego Maradona His Own Pitchside Throne
Newell's Old Boys gave Argentina legend Diego Maradona his own personal pitchside throne for their game against his Gimnasia side last night.
Maradona, who turns 59 today, played five times for Newell's late on in his illustrious career and was given a hero's welcome by the club's fans at his hotel in Rosario prior to the match.
Then, 'El Diego' was presented with a framed painting, a canvas artwork, a Newell's shirt and his very own throne just before kick off, gracing the chair with his signature.
And the 1986 World Cup winner wasted no time in getting comfortable and duly watched his team smash Newell's 4-0 at the Marcelo Bielsa stadium while in a seat fit for a king.
The rest of his backroom staff took their seats on the bench but clearly Maradona was too cool for a dugout.
Incredibly, broadcaster TNT Sports set up a "Diego Cam" so that fans at home could watch Maradona looking like Jim Royle on the sideline during the game.