A throne, a warm reception, and a win: Diego Maradona gets an early birthday present from Newell's Old Boys
Argentine legend serenaded by fans both outside the stadium and in as his Gimnasia side record shock 4-0 victory
It was a welcome fit for a king.
Diego Maradona returned to Newell’s Old Boys on Tuesday, where he led current side Gimnasia to a shock 4-0 victory at the Estadio Marcelo Bielsa.
The Argentine, who turned 59 the following day, played only a few times for Old Boys, way back in 1993, but he was serenaded both outside the stadium and in – including hours before the match, at his hotel in Rosario.
When he arrived at the ground, Maradona was presented on the touchline with a special chair, which he dutifully signed. He then nestled into his “throne” to watch his team, who were rooted to the bottom of the Argentine first division, record a memorable victory. With it, Gimnasia moved up one spot in the table.
Television fans got a ringside view, too: to the World Cup winner himself, through a live “Diego Cam” that throughout the match streamed footage of the former forward.
Imagine the celebrations for his actual birthday on Wednesday …
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Updated: October 30, 2019 10:29 AM