Paul Gascoigne has opened up on the times he spent with Diego Maradona following the death of the Argentine legend.

Maradona passed away on Wednesday at the age of 60 having lived a wild life and been one of the craziest characters in world football.

Gazza was also well known for his lifestyle away from the pitch, and it’s perhaps unsurprising that he had some brilliant stories.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, alongside Peter Shilton, Gascoigne said: “I missed the chance to play against him for Napoli. I joined Lazio when he just left.

“Played against him in a charity game though and I saw a little fella outside with a polka hat on and a cigar about that big [gestures].

Paul Gascoigne appeared on Good Morning Britain to talk about Diego Maradona
Paul Gascoigne appeared on Good Morning Britain to talk about Diego Maradona

“I just went up behind him and said ‘can I borrow your lighter please, Diego’. He just started laughing so I had a bit of a cigar with him.

“We played in that match - Ben played as well (Soccer Aid). He was an icon weren’t he?

“People go on about the Hand of God, but it made Peter Shilton anyway - Shilts, it made you that goal.”

Diego Maradona and Paul Gascoigne competed at Soccer Aid in 2006
Diego Maradona and Paul Gascoigne competed at Soccer Aid in 2006

And the stories didn’t end there, with Gascoigne opening up on the time he and Maradona both played while drunk.

“Lazio wanted us to play against Seville - Maradona. I wanted to play against Juventus. No they said, president wants Maradona.

“Ok I said, I’ll meet you at the game. Obviously on the flight I had a couple of drinks.

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“Got in the tunnel and said: ‘Diego, I’m tipsy’. He said: ‘It’s ok Gazza, so am I’.

“I beat about four players, scored a goal, I said: ‘Beat that’. It had to be in Italian as he doesn’t speak English and neither do I.

“I think I said the wrong thing as after that he was amazing, what a player. My icon is Bryan Robson but round the world Diego was phenomenal in football.”