Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti was in tears as Argentina legend Diego Maradona was remembered.

A minute of applause is being held before Premier League games this weekend following the passing of the Argentine legend, aged 60, this week.

Ancelotti and Maradona regularly came up against each other on the pitch with both plying their trade in Italy.

And, as Everton and Leeds players paid their respects at Goodison Park, Sky Sports cameras panned in on a visibly emotional Ancelotti.

Tears were in the Italian’s eyes as he remembered the 1986 World Cup winner, with tributes having flown in this week.

Carlo Ancelotti was visibly moved during the tribute for Diego Maradona
Carlo Ancelotti was visibly moved during the tribute for Diego Maradona

Ancelotti paid his own tribute before the game, saying: “He was very humble and it is a big loss for football, but the memories will always be there.

“He was a fantastic player who helped football around the world. At this time he was the best player in the world, and the best player I ever played against.

“He was so difficult to stop and had unbelievable quality. He never complained on the pitch.

Diego Maradona and Carlo Ancelotti often faced each other during their playing days
Diego Maradona and Carlo Ancelotti often faced each other during their playing days

“I tried to stop him with strong contact but he never complained and after that we became good friends.

“We met at events after our playing careers were finished and it was always good to spend time with him.

“He was not only a footballer but a great example to show everywhere. But this is the life. I will always keep fantastic memories of him.

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“You have to explain Maradona by what he did and I think that World Cup, and I was there in ‘86 but I never played, he practically won it alone.

“Of course Argentina had fantastic players in their team like [Jorge] Burruchaga and [Jorge] Valdano but Maradona practically won that World Cup alone.”