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Remembering Diego Maradona: Lionel Messi And Argentina Pay Tribute To Football Legend

Lionel Messi was among the Argentina players and coaches who paid tribute to Diego Maradona in a statue unveiling ceremony before their World Cup qualifier against Chile

June 04, 2021

Argentina soccer players attend the unveiling of a Diego Maradona statue outside Madre de Ciudades stadium before their qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 against Chile in Santiago del Estero, Argentina.

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Argentina's Lionel Messi, center left, Argentine Football Association (AFA) President Claudio Tapia, center, and Santiago del Estero province Governor Gerardo Zamora hold a jersey with Maradona's number at the unveiling of a Maradona statue outside Madre de Ciudades stadium prior to a qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 between Argentina and Chile in Santiago del Estero, Argentina.

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A statue of late soccer legend Diego Maradona stands outside Madre de Ciudades stadium after its unveiling prior to a qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 between Argentina and Chile in Santiago del Estero, Argentina.

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Argentina's Lionel Messi, center, and Argentine Football Association, (AFA) President Claudio Tapia attend the unveiling of a Diego Maradona statue outside Madre de Ciudades stadium prior to a qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 between Argentina and Chile in Santiago del Estero, Argentina.

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Argentina's Lionel Messi wears a jersey with soccer star Diego Maradona's number and image prior a qualifying soccer match against Chile for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in Santiago del Estero, Argentina.

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Argentina's Lionel Messi wears a jersey with soccer star Diego Maradona's number and image prior a qualifying soccer match against Chile for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in Santiago del Estero, Argentina.

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Argentina's Lionel Messi wears a jersey with the number and image of late soccer star Diego Maradona prior to a FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifying soccer match against Chile in Santiago del Estero, Argentina.

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Argentina's players pose for a picture as they wear a jersey with soccer star Diego Maradona's number and image prior a qualifying soccer match against Chile for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in Santiago del Estero, Argentina.

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