October 16, 2021

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Jubilation as Italy set to face Copa America champions Argentina in honour of Diego Maradona

  • Diego Maradona could be honoured by both Italy and Argentina as both countries are planning to organise a game between them
  • The football legend made impacts in his country as well as during his reign at Napoli, winning titles with both outfits
  • No better time to make that happen other than this season as both countries are champions in their continent

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Argentina and Italy will face off in an exhibition match to honour legendary Diego Maradona eight months after passing away.

The 1986 FIFA World Cup winner died last November due to a suspected heart-related issue shortly after returning from the hospital following a brain surgery he underwent.

Although he has been mourned by many across the world, his legacy will make him be remembered for a very long time.

Italy set to face Argentina in a clash between Euro and Copa America champions in honour of Maradona
Diego Maradona during Argentina’s 2010 World Cup round of 16 match against Mexico in South Africa.
Photo credit should read GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP
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And this is why the reigning European champions and the Copa America winner are facing each other in a friendly game.

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This is because these are the two countries he made major impacts in football having won the World Cup for his country and also led Napoli to Serie A glories.

SunSport quoting sports journalist Tariq Panja claims talks are already underway between the two newly-crowned champions to make this happen.

Recall Italy emerged European champions after beating England 3-2 on penalties after both sides played a 1-1 draw all through 120 minutes at Wembley Stadium.

Lionel Messi’s inspired Argentina on the other hand needed just one goal to beat Brazil Rio de Janeiro while they ran off with the continental silverware

The last time Italy and Argentina met was in 1990 and the legend was at the centre of the action according to SunSport.

Maradona was said to have helped his country outshine host nation Italy at the World Cup semi-final before they went on to lose to West Germany in the final.

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Though no date and venue have been fixed yet, both Uefa and CONMEBOL have been included in talks for the two countries to meet again on the pitch to honour Maradona.

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Legit.ng earlier reported that Lionel Messi’s endless wait for silverware finally came to an end over the weekend after guiding Argentina to a 1-0 win over Brazil to lift the Copa America title.

The victory came after the 34-year-old had made four appearances in four major tournament finals including the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Lionel Scaloni’s men fought really hard to hold on to Angel di Maria’s lone strike in the 22nd minute till the final whistle sounded.

Source: Legit