Before Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo came along, the enduring debate in soccer about who was the greatest player centered on two men: Pele and Diego Maradona.
Lionel Messi said Argentina have felt the presence of the late, great Diego Maradona throughout their World Cup campaign, including on Friday when they beat the Netherlands on penalties to reach the semi-finals.
Lionel Messi's passionate performances at the Qatar World Cup are earning him oodles of love from Argentines, but their old favouritism for Diego Maradona may resurface unless he brings home the trophy on his final attempt.
Chasing a first league crown since the days of Diego Maradona, a sold-out stadium which bears their hero's name will host two teams locked on 57 points.
Former Boca Juniors, Naples and Barcelona players died of a heart attack on November 20th last year.
Concerns grew about Pele's health on Friday after local media reported that he had returned to an ICU that he had only just left earlier this week.
Marcelo Buchet, who opened the church, said it was a place "where we can talk about football".
Lawyers are gearing up to do battle over the estate of Diego Maradona, estimated at between $10 million and $40 million.
The stadium has been officially renamed the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium after the late striker who led them to their only two Serie A titles and the UEFA Cup.
Fans streamed to Napoli stadium on Thursday to pay their respects to Diego Armando Maradona, grieving a man who achieved god-like status in the Italian city.
Argentines lined up in the streets of Buenos Aires on Thursday to say goodbye to soccer great Diego Maradona.
He is a national hero for Argentina and its passionate people but he was also a hero for every football fan.
Maradona is to be kept in hospital for several more days after suffering from “confusion” caused by an unexplained “abstinence” that followed his brain surgery.
Maradona is currently the coach of Argentine top division side Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, who are scheduled to play Patronato on Friday.
The Italian legend spent over 20 years with the Italian giants and he formed a formidable partnership with AC Milan legend, Paolo Maldini.
Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona was released from hospital after being admitted earlier on Friday with internal bleeding in the stomach which was discovered during routine examinations, his daughter Dalma said.
Maradona said Messi was one player at his club Barcelona and another with the national side.
Maradona said the American official should have penalised Harry Kane rather than give a penalty
Diego Maradona may be a giant of the game's history, soccer's governing body FIFA said on Friday, but even he must show respect to other fans at World Cup stadiums.
The Argentine website of sports broadcaster ESPN said Maradona was taken to hospital but newspaper La Nacion said he was treated for low blood pressure