Barcelona star Lionel Messi dedicates goal to Diego Maradona – and is then booked

The Argentine was wearing a Newell’s Old Boys shirt under his top (Pictures: Reuters / Getty)

Lionel Messi paid a heartfelt tribute to Diego Maradona by revealing a Newell’s Old Boys shirt under his Barcelona jersey after scoring against Osasuna on Sunday.

The legendary Argentine footballer sadly passed away at the age of 60 last Wednesday after suffering a heart attack at his home in Buenos Aires, having required surgery on a brain blood clot a few weeks earlier.

Maradona’s death shook the football world, with three days of mourning back in his homeland, and Messi looked visibly emotional during Sunday’s game.

Messi wore a Newell’s shirt with Maradona’s No.10 on the back (Picture: Reuters)

Both teams observed a minute’s applause for the two-time World Cup winner, during which Messi looked close to tears.

The 33-year-old was clearly eager to try and score in honour of his compatriot and finally netted the fourth and final goal of Barca’s resounding 4-0 victory in the 73rd minute with a strike his countryman would have been proud of.

Upon doing so, he briefly celebrated with his teammates before taking off his Barcelona shirt and revealing a Newell’s Old Boys jersey underneath.

The kit was the same one worn by Maradona during his brief stint at the club in the 1993/94 season, with Messi having played for a short time as a kid at Newell’s before moving to Barcelona.

He also mimicked Maradona’s celebration, pointing both hands to the sky, though he was shown a yellow card by the referee for removing his Barcelona shirt.

Writing on Instagram after Maradona’s death, Messi said of his countryman: ‘It is a very sad day for all Argentines and for football. He is leaving us but he is not going, because Diego is eternal.

‘I will hold close all the beautiful moments I have lived with him and I want to take this time to send my most sincere condolences to all his family and friends. RIP.’

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