Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone expressed his sadness over the death of Argentine football legend Diego Armando Maradona.
Maradona, 60, bid farewell to our world on Wednesday, after he had a heart attack at his home, two weeks after a brain surgery.
“The legend is dead,” Simeone said of Maradona in comments after his team’s match against Lokomotiv Moscow.
“My generation, who were eight or nine years old, saw Diego. He was our guide to find out what football is.”
“Maradona is football.”
Simeone recalled his time in Seville, when he joined forces with Maradona when he played for the Spanish club in 1993.
“He always took care of me in Seville when I was little,” he said of this time.
“He showed me what it means to play for Argentina,” he explained.
He completed “It was and will always be the best”.
Simeone was 10 years younger than Maradona when they both played in the Sevilla jersey.
Simeone joined Maradona in the Argentina national team in the 1994 World Cup, which was held in the United States of America.
The Atletico Madrid match with Lokomotiv Moscow ended in a goalless draw on Russian soil.
Atletico Madrid are second in Group A with 5 points, behind leaders Bayern Munich with 12 points.
The Spanish team will host its German counterpart in the next round of the Champions League.