Lionel Messi pays tribute to Diego Maradona as Barcelona beat Osasuna

Lionel Messi honours the late Diego Maradona as Barcelona return to winning ways with routine win over Osasuna; Messi celebrated by revealing a red and black shirt of Newell’s Old Boys

Sunday 29 November 2020 16:57, UK

Lionel Messi paid a personal tribute to Diego Maradona after sealing Barcelona’s 4-0 victory over Osasuna with a vintage solo strike at the Camp Nou.

Messi adorned a brilliant team display with a thumping strike into the top corner in the second half, after Martin Braithwaite had broken the deadlock and Antoine Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho had scored either side of half-time.

The Argentine then lifted his shirt to reveal a red and black replica kit of his hometown club Newell’s Old Boys bearing the number 10 which Maradona wore during his brief spell at the Rosario side in 1993.

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The Catalans had paid homage before kickoff to the late Maradona, who played for the club in an eventful yet disappointing spell from 1982 to 1984, hanging a framed signed shirt of his above the presidential box while the players held a minute’s silence in front of an old Barca shirt bearing the number 10.

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Barca defender Clement Lenglet limped off with an ankle problem, leaving his side with no fit first-team centre backs due to injuries to Samuel Umtiti, Ronald Araujo and Gerard Pique.


The win followed Barca’s 1-0 defeat at Atletico Madrid last week and lifted them to seventh in the standings on 14 points after nine matches, nine behind leaders Real Sociedad and second-placed Atletico.

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