Manchester United hero Paul Parker had to correct Sky News host Kay Burley during an interview following Diego Maradona’s death.

Maradona passed away in Argentina on Wednesday at the age of 60 with tributes pouring in from around the globe.

Sky News were clearly keen to get the view of people that knew the 1986 World Cup winner, or played against him.

Though they picked wrong in former defender Parker, who believes Maradona is the best to have ever played the game.

Asked by Burley on Sky News what it was like to play against Maradona, Parker said: “To be honest, I never had the opportunity to play against him.

Diego Maradona was one of the best to ever play the game
Diego Maradona was one of the best to ever play the game

“I just knew him as a footballer, seen him there on the touchline, watching him. He was somebody that I’d never seen before.

“Would I have wanted to play against him? Not in a million years, because he had strength, power, and more than anything he had a desire to be the best player ever.”

And asked if he ever met him off the pitch, Parker again offered a similar response.

Paul Parker appeared on Sky News to talk about Diego Maradona
Paul Parker appeared on Sky News to talk about Diego Maradona

He admitted: “No, not at all, but you know exactly what he was all about just by the way he was around people.

“What he was off the pitch, was exactly what he was on the pitch. He wanted to be in control of everything.”

Though Parker did acknowledge just how good Maradona was, saying it was a sad time for the world of football.

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He added: “He is a big loss for everyone that looked up to him, people of my era and even the youngsters today all knew about Maradona.

“If it wasn’t their dad it was their grandparents talking about this lad who had come from a poverty stricken area of Argentina and worked so hard to dig himself up and become a footballer, then become the best player in the world.”