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Honoring the Legend: Diego Maradona’s Son Wishes To See No. 10 Jersey Retired

Vishnu VSUpdated: Thursday Dec 3, 2020

Diego Maradona’s son said he wished to see No. 10 jersey retired in honour of the football legend. Upon being asked if all No.10 kits should be retired, Maradona Jr. said  "In the teams that he [Maradona] played for, I believe so, including Barcelona. Without a doubt."

Napoli was one of the first to retire the No.10 kit in honor of Maradona. The club did so in 2000 to honour their legend, who helped them get their only 2 Seria A titles (1987 and 1990) and UEFA cup (1989). Diego scored 115 goals during his 259 appearances.

FIFA denied the Argentine Football Association from retiring the No. 10 kit two years later. The kit now belongs to Messi, a present day Argentine legend many believe to be Maradona’s successor.

Maradona Jr. told media he was moved by Messi’s tribute to Diego during Sunday’s game against Osasuna. Messi ,a fan of Newell’s, wore a Newell’s No. 10 jersey beneath his Barca kit and celebrated his goal by taking off his jersey revealing the Newell’s jersey, as a tribute to the late legend who played for Newell’s.

"It was very touching," said,  Jr. "There have been emotional days.
"What Leo did was special, very beautiful. It really touched me and made me cry, just as Napoli's, Gimnasia's and Boca's . I feel very proud of the legacy my father left."