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On April 19, 1989, as the tones of Austrian pop band Opus and their hit song Live Is Life rang around the Olympiastadio stadium in Berlin, the great Diego Maradona gave us one of the most iconic moments in football history; a masterpiece, some might say.
During the pre-match warm-up ahead of Napoli's UEFA Cup semi-final against Bayern Munich, a relaxed Diego performed a series of keepie-uppie skills in time with the music, juggling it with his knees, head, chest and shoulders while smiling to the transfixed crowd.
With his shoelaces undone, the Argentinian entertained the masses.
Unfazed and without a care in the world other than what was happening right before his eyes, this was a bit special. Napoli went on to secure a place in the final thanks to a 2-2 draw but it was this mesmeric display, from a man so skilled, that will forever be remembered from a special night in Germany.
Just check out the below clip and tell me this is not one of the greatest videos you've ever seen. We'll miss you, Diego.
Diego Maradona special pre-game warm up before the UEFA Cup semi-final. pic.twitter.com/5lL1ezqYA6
- South Garner Soccer (@SGMenSoccer) November 25, 2020
Following the devastating news of Diego Maradona's death on Wednesday night, there has been an outpouring of tributes from the world of football, with this particular moment from that night in Berlin being one of the many clips that reminds us of his extraordinary talents.
In his own league. Otherworldly. A supreme genius, supremely flawed. He could warm up better than many could actually play the game. The ball was his, the game was his, the pleasure was ours.
And thank you.pic.twitter.com/tUiabVdAit
- Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) November 25, 2020
Maradona made football look so easy. Even his pre-match warm up was an entertainment.
RIP Diego Maradona :broken_heart::pray: pic.twitter.com/UNASjVKGSG
- E (@iamOkon) November 25, 2020
RIP Diego Maradona. You'd pay to watch him warm up, let alone play. Played the greatest pass I have seen live, off-balance, right-footed to Caniggia to score against Brazil in Turin at Italia 90. Time after time, Maradona performed magic with the ball. Thoughts with his family.
- Henry Winter (@henrywinter) November 25, 2020
We will never forget what you gave the world, Diego. One of the all-time greats.
Rest in peace.