Gary Lineker's brilliant, heartfelt tribute to Diego Maradona

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A heartfelt tribute from Gary Lineker to the one and only Diego Maradona, including a lovely story that sums up the Argentine's true genius.
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  • Maradona is totally overrated. Had he been here today, CR7 would surely have overshined him by miles. The same goes for Pele, by the way. Football was not as skillfull,physical or athleticly demanding as it is today.

    Michael WeinMichael Wein7 órája
  • There are footballers and then there are footballers then there is Diego...or to us he is just D10S !!!

    Hussein HusseinHussein Hussein22 órája
  • Bang .. Bang

    J DH87J DH87Napja
  • Absolutely nice guy Gary is. No cards in his lifetime. What a advertisment for football

  • Top lad Gary.

    Marlon BrandoMarlon Brando5 napja
  • Maradona, always my hero!!!

    Jaime RiveraJaime Rivera9 napja
  • 3 months man... time is going so fast and so many of my heros are passing away... this is bullshit. Im scared of people like John Rhys-Davies going soon also.

    TurtleBurgerTurtleBurger9 napja
  • Gary Lineker is a virtue signalling puppet. RIP Maradona 🙏

    AA10 napja
  • The spectacle of seeing Gary Lineker heaping praise on such a drug addict cheat is disgraceful.

    David GrahamDavid Graham10 napja
    • typical english sore h..e even after so many years. They can't appreciate a genius even if they see one. Good lad Lineker, as Russell Brand said "... try to nurture our own gifts and CELEBRATE THE GIFTS OF OTHERS."


    Carlos Campos garciaCarlos Campos garcia11 napja
  • Lineker = champagne socialist

    Josh DaviesJosh Davies11 napja
  • Maradona and pele are the best look back then the ball was worse the pitch is worse not same level of technology and training

    Ziad BaqlavaZiad Baqlava12 napja
  • Gary Lineker is the definition of An English Gentleman!!!

    Mohamed AbdelkaderMohamed Abdelkader12 napja
  • Talk about skill and achievements, but the character to have constantly got back up after assault after assault. He used to get attacked and he's still pick the ball up and drive at his man. Inspirational courage.

    Richard SmithRichard Smith13 napja
  • Gary we will come to that decision later linekar

    G SG S14 napja
  • Came here for Diego, left in fits by Crouch’s ‘tache😂😂😂😂

    Stephen JonesStephen Jones14 napja
  • Can't stand Gary Lineker normally but he does tell a good story

    ParramattaParramatta14 napja
  • Truly for me the greatest footballer of all time. Diego Armando Maradona!

    Danyal OneDanyal One16 napja
  • Lineker said straightright,whatsever, the best ever !

    Stoyko EnevStoyko Enev17 napja
  • Couldn't go a minute without mentioning Messi again.

    Broceliande ForestBroceliande Forest20 napja
    • messi one of the very few modern players who can be used as an analogy to maradona

      Westbourne ParkWestbourne Park19 napja
  • Couldn’t resist a dig. Diego is 100 Gary linekers🖕🖕🖕🖕

    Traski TraskolaTraski Traskola23 napja
  • Gary Lineker. "heartfelt"??? He is too far up his own arse to see anything but the (questional) reality of his own opinion

    Bill CorrieBill Corrie25 napja
  • BBC hypocrite applauds a druggie cheat. Well worth the licence fee alone ( for the mugs who pay it ).

    Rod WilkinsRod Wilkins26 napja
  • A man with a moral vacuum.....A very tardy human being.

    ben tremben trem26 napja
  • Goat Maradona. Goat Messi . We love soccer ❤❤

    River Plate CampeónRiver Plate Campeón27 napja
  • Oh my God Madonna has died, loved her music, like a virgin was my favorite ♥️🥴♥️🥴♥️

    DJ Paulie GeeDJ Paulie GeeHónapja
  • Diego Armando Maradona the best of the best of the best of the best of the best of the best of the best of the best of the best of the best of the best of the best of the best of the best of all times

    Mauro chinoMauro chinoHónapja
  • It's weird seeing him paying a tribute to Maradona despite the fact that Maradona cheated and knocked out England's best squad since the 1960's out of the World Cup.

    Relenter ORelenter OHónapja
  • This is so romantic.

    Ahmed El-sharifAhmed El-sharifHónapja
  • Gary gran jugador gran ser humano abrazo crackkk y gracias por querer a diego 👏

    Martin LeguizamonMartin LeguizamonHónapja
  • Todos, todos amábamos al Diego, grande ídolo.

    Eric MuñozEric MuñozHónapja
  • Great tribute.yes it would have been ok to applaud

    kevin omalleykevin omalleyHónapja
  • seriously? the man was an out and out ,blatant cheating druggie.

    micheal harrisonmicheal harrisonHónapja
  • I love these stories from Gary❤️

    Youcef BelbinaYoucef BelbinaHónapja
  • its hard to plan to mark a guy taking performance enhancing drugs , who hand balls it into the net

    Steven UptonSteven UptonHónapja
  • bAng

    J DH87J DH87Hónapja
  • Este tipo es, literalmente, un caballero inglés. Sos un maestro, Gary. Y no lo digo porque hable con tanta admiración y respeto sobre Diego. Es una buena persona, un jugador que terminó su carrera sin que le hayan sacado una sola amarilla siquiera, en ningún partido. En ninguno! Amable, conciliador, un buen tipo ♥️

    Leni GonzalezLeni GonzalezHónapja
    • Y un LETAL número 9, con físico y técnica de mediocampista, pero si le tirabas una pelota a la cama a la 3 de la madrugada, se despertaba y definía.

      jorge pimenteljorge pimentelHónapja
  • Traducción please in spanish ?! 🇦🇷

    Pablo FernandezPablo FernandezHónapja
  • Gracias Gary ❤️!

    Mystic ProduceMystic ProduceHónapja
  • Gary, like Maradona belonged to a golden generation composed by fantastic football players, and one of them was Diego. He's famous to this day by the Hand of God in that football match Argentina - England in Mexico 86'.

    sebastian alegriasebastian alegriaHónapja
  • Rex Diego ! RIP !

    Maximus MurphiusMaximus MurphiusHónapja
  • He's a goon

  • I tried to do the thing that Mara tried to do but failed. Rip Diego 💙🤍🇦🇷

    Adam Bob AndersonAdam Bob Anderson2 hónapja
  • Maradonna. Cheat. FULL STOP.

    Shane KelleyShane Kelley2 hónapja
  • Great tribute from a true sportsman! Thanks for the memories Maradona, thanks for a wonderful tribute Gary Linekar!

    Shubham SahaiShubham Sahai2 hónapja
  • the key point here, which lineker doesn't express clearly here, is that the ball 'comes down' but bounces before maradona helps it back up with a kick. some people may think maradona just kicks it back up without the ball hitting the ground first. that would be impossible and perhaps that's what these pundit players are thinking as lineker doesn't make it clear - lineker just says and it came back down. letting the ball bounce first is far more possible. i'd say the likes of messi and others would master that no problem, if it's not something they do naturally.

    josephjoseph2 hónapja
    • @joseph if it was normal and others could do it, then he wouldn't mention it. As for other greats, they haven't done it, so when they do we will applaud them. And also, he did it with an 80s ball, not today's lighter balls.

      Abby 30Abby 302 hónapja
    • @Abby 30 was that his key point - is that why he stated that bit at the end of his story as an afterthought. that's a good time to make a key point. he went to great length to convey what maradona did with the ball but left it unclear. what maradona did with the ball was good skill, which pele, messi, george best, kinkladze would surely have no problem doing. the english players who tried to do it, of course they didn't manage a feat of exceptional skill as they were not one of the greats. although, if they practiced it enough like maradona, their three tries would turn into more very soon. in fact, lineker is so in awe of maradona, i think he was fooled into thinking maradona did hit the ball up before it hit the ground. as that really is the way lineker describes it here, very misleadingly, without intending to. he is just starstruck. maradona is great and i'm a fan but he did not do the impossible and there other great players who have a touch to equal his, though each touch of the great players is subtly different in style to the others.

      josephjoseph2 hónapja
    • But the key point is that no other player was able to do it!

      Abby 30Abby 302 hónapja
  • 2:01 yes exactly....

    Jett Z85Jett Z852 hónapja
  • Maradona The Best of the Best Rest in Peace!

    Jake SwanJake Swan2 hónapja
  • Lineker grande campione e grande uomo , saluti dall'Italia , rip Diego , rip Paolo🧡

    axoramaxoram2 hónapja
  • Gary is a gentleman

    José VillaróJosé Villaró2 hónapja
  • Well said Gary. Bst player i have ever seen, including Messi and Georgie Best, and Im Irish

    JemJem2 hónapja
  • He was sadly fouled by his opposition many times...these days the Red Card would have been shown!!!! I will be producing a list of Fowler’s shortly!!! 😀

    Indi BhartIndi Bhart2 hónapja
  • The best!!!!

    Indi BhartIndi Bhart2 hónapja
  • Maradonna. RIP. Loved the song ' Like a virgin' .

    Ray SmithRay Smith2 hónapja
  • 2:02 Owen's face says it all

    TT 97TT 972 hónapja
  • Gary always brilliant ,spot on, greetings from Uruguay

    TNK Sports AgencyTNK Sports Agency2 hónapja
  • If FIFA had the same rules as cycling he woulda been stripped of his World Cup medal.

    Dyn y JawaDyn y Jawa2 hónapja
  • This is priceless. My eternal respect to both Lineker and Maradona.

    David MDavid M2 hónapja
  • My grandpa comes from naples and he sais that Maradona was more important for him than everyone and that hé Saw a match of himwhere hè scores twice and he was like a God for them we Will mis him

    Tim VercruysenTim Vercruysen2 hónapja
  • Fuc off ya dog Gary L. Where's ya refugee ??

    NickNick2 hónapja
    • @Generic Person Up linekers back door just like his hypocrisy is clown

    • Where’s your spelling

      Generic PersonGeneric PersonHónapja
  • How would Gary know what it’s like? He was never in his own half

    Jim ClawleyJim Clawley2 hónapja
  • My respect for Gary, he really feel admiration for Diego. Regards from Argentina.

    Gabriel VitaGabriel Vita2 hónapja
  • What a tribute from Gary, we will miss Maradona so much. What Gary has said about England team vs Maradona, I think it's an honest explanation. Even the Italians tried so hard to stop him, as we all know they had many legendary defenders

    Sigit PrabowoSigit Prabowo2 hónapja
  • Boca Juniors.. ❤🇦🇷 .......⚽......10.

    Lobo SueltoLobo Suelto2 hónapja
  • Gary Linekar is such a wonderful orator.. he made us visualize the goal so wonderfully..

    Bodhi DasguptaBodhi Dasgupta2 hónapja
  • The woke one relativising cheating ...

    kim keekim kee2 hónapja
  • Gary is not only a great player with no red cards, but also a true British Gentleman.

    straightfactsstraightfacts2 hónapja
  • Typical

    Bob BobbinBob Bobbin2 hónapja
  • Petite dynamite genius. Rip Maradona. 🙏

    Rahul DravidRahul Dravid2 hónapja
  • My respect for Gary Lineker , the best player of England's football. Really !!

    Daniel LlanosDaniel Llanos2 hónapja
  • My god, what a pleasure is listening to Gary. Such a humble, clear man. Respect.

    Nico DaglioNico Daglio2 hónapja
  • i lost mij idool

    E QuintE Quint2 hónapja
  • Without Drugs. Maradona will be better than Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi together.

    Ludwig FischerLudwig Fischer2 hónapja
  • Gracias Gary por tus palabras, emocionantes recuerdos con Maradona. Un gran abrazo de un argentino que te admira!

    lecocoslecocos2 hónapja
  • In terms of ability of handling the Ball, he was the best ever

    Thomas DeierlingThomas Deierling2 hónapja
  • Very touching amazing. I still feel his loss for some reason 🙏

    YonahYonah2 hónapja
  • Maradona is the best player of football in the world of all the time. RIP Maradona ❤️🔟⚽️

    Egzon SalihuEgzon Salihu2 hónapja
  • despues de ver el documental es exactamente todo como lo conto jaja

    obj jrobj jr2 hónapja
  • Words fail me !!!!! Diego forever

    Hussein HusseinHussein Hussein2 hónapja
  • Maradona's ability is much better than Pele's ability in Football ....

    ياسر العمريياسر العمري2 hónapja
  • I still think England should of man marked him in that game,I was stunned when I only recently discovered they had no special plans for maradonna that day,man marking does and has worked many times against great players,and yes I know he was a genius and it may not of worked,but then again it might of,Robson should of picked his fittest best tackler and had his team prepare him to stick to maradonna like glue every single move he made in that match

    David O'brienDavid O'brien2 hónapja
  • I got the feeling that Maradona thought Lineker was a deuchbag when he met him, he was mocking him, Maradona wouldnt like people like Lineker

    Stuart KellyStuart Kelly2 hónapja
  • Great way to pay your tribute Gary

    Sadif RahmanSadif Rahman2 hónapja
  • Gary Lineker BIG GENTLEMAN! Respectfully yours from Uruguay!!

    Alejandro CardozoAlejandro Cardozo2 hónapja
  • Pele is no doubt the best and greatest football player ever, but also possibly the greatest sporting phenomenon ever to grace this earth, especially in terms of achievements, and here's why. I'm sorry, until any player can win 3 world cups and almost 4, and change how a sport is played, reinventing the game completely, and be so influential to a country that had never won a world cup to help them win at the age of seventeen for the first time, coming from poverty to dominate everything about the game and then have every player after and since him including Maradona and Messi copying him and trying to match him in style of play and achievements to this day, until another player is even close to this, Pele is no doubt not only the best football player ever, but possibly the biggest sporting phenomenon ever. And there is a reason for this. Both his right and left foot could do anything with the ball and we're just as good as eachother as a fact, not metaphorically speaking and no other player, not even Maradona or Messi have been blessed with this weapon, most especially to this degree. Watch how from outside the box, Pele strikes the ball with equal accuracy and power to score his goals, there is no other great that can do that. And yes he achieved all he did at a time when not just poverty, but racism at great extremes was against him, and at a time fouling brutally was allowed even more ruthlessly than in Maradona's time, and yes the pitches were even worse.

    Richard MoonstoneRichard Moonstone2 hónapja
    • But pele had the best players in the world in his team. Maradona won trophies with mediocre teams, that's why Maradona is the greatest!

      Abby 30Abby 302 hónapja
    • "until any player can win 3 world cups and almost 4, and change how a sport is played, reinventing the game completely,".... and "Pele is no doubt not only the best football player ever, but possibly the biggest sporting phenomenon ever"... and so on... Propaganda victim with a rigged hero... Hulk does not exist. Pelé was not even the best football player of his generation.

      JJ BJJ B2 hónapja
  • Diego was the golden ball winner of the 86 world cup the best player. Lot of people doesn't know that Gary linaker was the golden boot winner being the top scorer of that same world cup.

    Ralph FigaroRalph Figaro2 hónapja
    • Yes, Lineker (6) scored one more goal than Maradona (5).

      JJ BJJ B2 hónapja
  • Brilliant heartfelt tribute by Linekar.. Rest in peace Maradona! Thanks for the wonderful memories!

    Shubham SahaiShubham Sahai2 hónapja
    • Gary Lineker is a very British Gentleman....I love UK because there are people like him...Thanks!

      Emily AnEmily An2 hónapja
  • Great tribute Gary, love how the younger pundits are asking questions on him and in awh of his ability.

    Emily AnEmily An2 hónapja
    • Every 1 acting like they was his friend people die all the time

      Emily AnEmily An2 hónapja
  • He walked more than 3 steps, why talking good about maradroga at any cost???He wasn't that great football player

    joe pescijoe pesci2 hónapja
    • He was a cheater, but a great footballer no doubt. Not the best though.

      bofooit gojobofooit gojo2 hónapja
    • Every 1 acting like they was his friend people die all the time

      bofooit gojobofooit gojo2 hónapja
  • The Definition of the word HERO! MARADONA!!!

    clayton jacksonclayton jackson2 hónapja
  • Maradona, God, Lineker, gentleman ever

    Fabio PascaliFabio Pascali2 hónapja
    • Maradona a footballing God.

      Emily AnEmily An2 hónapja
  • Linekar : worthy winner of the golden boot award at the 86 cup , something Marodona couldn't achieve.

    Jack FlashJack Flash2 hónapja
  • That actually is impossible! Owens face says it all! R.I.P Diego! Absolute legend!

    James GoddardJames Goddard2 hónapja
  • Llorar

    Julian DicksJulian Dicks2 hónapja
    • Hablas español porq no entiendo nada:'-/

      pollo frito :vpollo frito :v2 hónapja
  • Lineker restoring some English respectability after Peter Shilton’s disgraceful behaviour last week.

    Niall CnocNiall Cnoc2 hónapja
  • So much CLASS from Gary. Respect. 👌👏

    sasarasasarasasasarasasarasa2 hónapja
    • @Cassie Lineker was very good but call him "genius" is little bit too much 😂

      sasarasasarasasasarasasarasa2 hónapja
    • play in world cup and he was absoloutly a genius with ball .and was clean in the game not like maradonna

      CassieCassie2 hónapja
  • line aker has everything planned thats how he makes his profit. he should be working for tabloids, that is his big misfortune , only he'd be afraid of his tail being stepped on

    daisyroot Ladydaisyroot Lady2 hónapja
    • Champions League is boring and predictable! Format change is needed.

      CassieCassie2 hónapja
  • Lots of respect for Lineker on this one, Diego was the greatest of all, it just wasn't all about the football. The humility about himself and the respect for his teammates, the love for his country all added to his icon status. The hand of God goal, give me a break, Diego was 5'5 inches tall and Shilton was supposedly 6'0 foot and he beat him with his hand to the ball, fcuk off and own up to it Peter.

    irishcowboy42irishcowboy422 hónapja
  • Fantastic tribute, very touching.

    Alex Martin-SchaelAlex Martin-Schael2 hónapja
  • Gracias Gary, un verdadero caballero y un cra también. De vos, esto significa mucho.

    Ricardo DelgadoRicardo Delgado2 hónapja