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Barcelona To Pay €3000 Fine Over Messi’s Goal Celebration To Maradona

Barcelona To Pay €3000 Fine Over Messi’s Goal Celebration To Maradona

Barcelona will cough out €3,000 (£2,700) fine after Lionel Messi paid tribute to Diego Maradona by celebrating in a Newell’s Old Boys shirt in Sunday’s Laliga game against Osasuna.

Messi celebrated his goal against Osasuna by taking off Barcelona’s blue-and-burgundy strip to reveal the red-and-black of Newell’s.

Maradona, who died last week at the age of 60, played for Newell’s at the end of his glittering career and Messi wore the same shirt at the start of his, making it a fitting tribute.  

But the touching tribute was against the rules of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, who are now poised to fine the club for Messi’s celebration. 

After the game, Messi posted a photo of his tribute alongside an older image of Maradona in the same shirt, adding the message “Farewell, Diego” in Spanish.

“It was a great moment,”said Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman.

“First, for the goal that Leo scored and then for the gesture he had for the death of Diego Maradona. He had surely been thinking of what he would do. For me, it was a great moment in every way.”

Messi played for Newell’s before he joined Barcelona at age 13. Maradona played five matches for Newell’s near the end of his career.

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  • I thought as much when I saw him displaying a short with the YAMAHA brand name. I was like ‘Ah, does this guy realise the big gaffe he’s made?’ I mean, we all know how monetised (commercialised) football has become, especially in Europe. What a big, free ad for YAMAHA. I knew the Rakuten as well as La Liga board would be furious. He should have paid the tribute without maintaining the YAMAHA name on the shirt as the original shirt sponsors of Newells Old Boys FC.

  • Kelvin 7 months ago

    The world is has become too complicated that nothing normal and expected is normal any more. It’s all about money at the expense of humanity, respect and loyalty