Tottenham Hotspur Jose Mourinho says he will miss phone conversations with the late Diego Maradona that were made to lift his spirits after losing matches.
The football of world is still in shock over the death of Argentina legend. Tributes have flown in from across the world after it was confirmed on Wednesday that the Argentina, Napoli and Boca Juniors hero suffered a fatal heart attack on Wednesday.
“There is Maradona and there is Diego. Maradona I don’t need to speak about because the world knows and nobody will forget. Diego is different, the people that are the big friends of him, the people that share dressing rooms with him, colleagues, these guys are privileged. I can say he was a good friend of mine, but my contacts with him were by telephone and we met of course a few times. He had a big, big, big, big heart. That’s the guy I miss, because his football we can find every time we miss him, if we Google we will find it. But Diego, no. I spent the day today telling stories to my guys about him and the time we spent together and that’s the guy I miss. I especially miss the phone call that was always arriving after defeats and never after victories. He knew that after victories I don’t need phone calls, he knew that in difficult moments he was always there and he was always saying after defeats: ‘Mo, don’t forget you are the best’. He always had this approach. I miss Diego.”
Maradona’s body is lying in honor at the presidential mansion in Buenos Aires during three days of mourning and thousands of fans turned out to pay their respects to the legend for one final time.