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Ajax's Nicolás Tagliafico Performs Incredible Warm-Up Tribute To Diego Maradona

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Ajax's Nicolás Tagliafico Performs Incredible Warm-Up Tribute To Diego Maradona

Ajax full-back Nicolás Tagliafico paid the ultimate warm-up tribute to fellow countryman Diego Maradona ahead of the club's Champions League Group D clash against FC Midtylland.

The 28-year-old was spotted dancing to the song Live Is Life; just like Maradona did all those years ago inside the Olympiastadio stadium in Berlin, and was performing keepie-uppies like the footballing legend.

As you can see in the footage below, those behind the scenes at The Johan Cruyff Arena played Live Is Life during the warm-up, with an emotional Tagliafico being recorded on the big screen.

This is a great tribute from Tagliafico, who was also visibly emotional during the minute's silence.



If you're unfamilar with Maradona's famous warm-up, then let me fill you in.

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.

We will never forget what you gave the world, Diego. One of the all-time greats.


Rest in peace.

Featured Image Credit: Ajax/Twitter

Topics: Football News, News, Football, Diego Maradona, Ajax, Champions League

Jack Kenmare
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