Gary Lineker has outlined one of the most ‘unbelievable’ things he saw from Diego Maradona.
The footballing world has been left grieving after the news of the Argentina, Barcelona and Napoli icon’s passing was made public on Wednesday at the age of only 60.
Former England striker Lineker has led the tributes to a man he describes as a genius, and his recollection of one particular piece of skill left BT Sport pundits in awe.
Lineker said: “He did something that was incredible, one of the most unbelievable things I’ve ever seen on a football pitch.
“He juggled the ball all the way out to the centre circle and then he went ‘bang!’ and he whacked it as high as he possibly could and he waited.
“And it came down. Then he went ‘bang!’ and did it again. He did it 13 times and the most he ever did was walk three paces to it.
“All of us were sitting there going ‘that’s impossible!’
“I remember going to training the next day at Barcelona. We all tried it and the best anyone did was three and they were running for the third one.
“I’ve never seen anyone have such a beautiful affection with a football.”
That story came after Lineker posted a heartfelt message on Twitter that reads: “Reports from Argentina that Diego Armando Maradona has died.
“By some distance the best player of my generation and arguably the greatest of all time. After a blessed but troubled life, hopefully he’ll finally find some comfort in the hands of God. #RipDiego.”
Lionel Messi, who is seen to be the only equal to Maradona in his native Argentina, has said: "A very sad day for all Argentines and for football.
“He's left us but he hasn't gone, because Diego is eternal.
"I'll keep all the great times I enjoyed with him and want to take the opportunity to send my deepest respects to all his family and friends. RIP."