Gary Lineker's brilliant, heartfelt tribute to Diego Maradona
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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  • A

    Gary Lineker is a virtue signalling puppet. RIP Maradona 🙏

  • David Graham
    David Graham

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

  • Carlos Campos garcia
    Carlos Campos garcia


  • Josh Davies
    Josh Davies

    Lineker = champagne socialist

  • Ziad Baqlava
    Ziad Baqlava

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

  • Mohamed Abdelkader
    Mohamed Abdelkader

    Gary Lineker is the definition of An English Gentleman!!!

  • Richard Smith
    Richard Smith

    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.

  • G S
    G S

    Gary we will come to that decision later linekar

  • Stephen Jones
    Stephen Jones

    Came here for Diego, left in fits by Crouch’s ‘tache😂😂😂😂

  • Parramatta

    Can't stand Gary Lineker normally but he does tell a good story

  • Danyal One
    Danyal One

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

  • Stoyko Enev
    Stoyko Enev

    Lineker said straightright,whatsever, the best ever !

  • Broceliande Forest
    Broceliande Forest

    Couldn't go a minute without mentioning Messi again.

    • Westbourne Park
      Westbourne Park

      messi one of the very few modern players who can be used as an analogy to maradona

  • Traski Traskola
    Traski Traskola

    Couldn’t resist a dig. Diego is 100 Gary linekers🖕🖕🖕🖕

  • Bill Corrie
    Bill Corrie

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

  • Rod Wilkins
    Rod Wilkins

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

  • ben trem
    ben trem

    A man with a moral vacuum.....A very tardy human being.

  • River Plate Campeón
    River Plate Campeón

    Goat Maradona. Goat Messi . We love soccer ❤❤

  • DJ Paulie Gee
    DJ Paulie Gee

    Oh my God Madonna has died, loved her music, like a virgin was my favorite ♥️🥴♥️🥴♥️

  • Mauro chino
    Mauro chino

    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

  • Relenter O
    Relenter O

    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.

  • Ahmed El-sharif
    Ahmed El-sharif

    This is so romantic.

  • Martin Leguizamon
    Martin Leguizamon

    Gary gran jugador gran ser humano abrazo crackkk y gracias por querer a diego 👏

  • Eric Muñoz
    Eric Muñoz

    Todos, todos amábamos al Diego, grande ídolo.

  • kevin omalley
    kevin omalley

    Great tribute.yes it would have been ok to applaud

  • micheal harrison
    micheal harrison

    seriously? the man was an out and out ,blatant cheating druggie.

  • Youcef Belbina
    Youcef Belbina

    I love these stories from Gary❤️

  • Steven Upton
    Steven Upton

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

  • J DH87
    J DH87


  • Leni Gonzalez
    Leni Gonzalez

    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 ♥️

    • jorge pimentel
      jorge pimentel

      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.

  • Pablo Fernandez
    Pablo Fernandez

    Traducción please in spanish ?! 🇦🇷

  • Mystic Produce
    Mystic Produce

    Gracias Gary ❤️!

  • sebastian alegria
    sebastian alegria

    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'.

  • Maximus Murphius
    Maximus Murphius

    Rex Diego ! RIP !

  • KeepEmCommin

    He's a goon

  • Adam Bob Anderson
    Adam Bob Anderson

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

  • Shane Kelley
    Shane Kelley

    Maradonna. Cheat. FULL STOP.

  • Shubham Sahai
    Shubham Sahai

    Great tribute from a true sportsman! Thanks for the memories Maradona, thanks for a wonderful tribute Gary Linekar!

  • joseph

    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.

    • Abby 30
      Abby 30

      @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.

    • joseph

      @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.

    • Abby 30
      Abby 30

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

  • Jett Z85
    Jett Z85

    2:01 yes exactly....

  • John Abruzzi
    John Abruzzi

    Maradona The Best of the Best Rest in Peace!

  • axoram

    Lineker grande campione e grande uomo , saluti dall'Italia , rip Diego , rip Paolo🧡

  • José Villaró
    José Villaró

    Gary is a gentleman

  • Jem

    Well said Gary. Bst player i have ever seen, including Messi and Georgie Best, and Im Irish

  • Indi Bhart
    Indi Bhart

    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 Bhart
    Indi Bhart

    The best!!!!

  • Ray Smith
    Ray Smith

    Maradonna. RIP. Loved the song ' Like a virgin' .

  • TT 97
    TT 97

    2:02 Owen's face says it all

  • TNK Sports Agency
    TNK Sports Agency

    Gary always brilliant ,spot on, greetings from Uruguay

  • Dyn y Jawa
    Dyn y Jawa

    If FIFA had the same rules as cycling he woulda been stripped of his World Cup medal.

  • David M
    David M

    This is priceless. My eternal respect to both Lineker and Maradona.

  • Tim Vercruysen
    Tim Vercruysen

    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

  • Nick

    Fuc off ya dog Gary L. Where's ya refugee ??

    • Nick

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

    • Generic Person
      Generic Person

      Where’s your spelling

  • Jim Clawley
    Jim Clawley

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

  • Gabriel Vita
    Gabriel Vita

    My respect for Gary, he really feel admiration for Diego. Regards from Argentina.

  • Sigit Prabowo
    Sigit Prabowo

    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

  • Lobo Suelto
    Lobo Suelto

    Boca Juniors.. ❤🇦🇷 .......⚽......10.

  • Bodhi Dasgupta
    Bodhi Dasgupta

    Gary Linekar is such a wonderful orator.. he made us visualize the goal so wonderfully..

  • kim kee
    kim kee

    The woke one relativising cheating ...

  • straightfacts

    Gary is not only a great player with no red cards, but also a true British Gentleman.

  • Bob Bobbin
    Bob Bobbin


  • Rahul Dravid
    Rahul Dravid

    Petite dynamite genius. Rip Maradona. 🙏

  • Daniel Llanos
    Daniel Llanos

    My respect for Gary Lineker , the best player of England's football. Really !!

  • Nico Daglio
    Nico Daglio

    My god, what a pleasure is listening to Gary. Such a humble, clear man. Respect.

  • E Quint
    E Quint

    i lost mij idool

  • Ludwig Fischer
    Ludwig Fischer

    Without Drugs. Maradona will be better than Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi together.

  • lecocos

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

  • Thomas Deierling
    Thomas Deierling

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

  • Yonah

    Very touching amazing. I still feel his loss for some reason 🙏

  • Egzon Salihu
    Egzon Salihu

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

  • obj jr
    obj jr

    despues de ver el documental es exactamente todo como lo conto jaja

  • Hussein Hussein
    Hussein Hussein

    Words fail me !!!!! Diego forever

  • ياسر العمري
    ياسر العمري

    Maradona's ability is much better than Pele's ability in Football ....

  • David O'brien
    David O'brien

    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

  • Stuart Kelly
    Stuart Kelly

    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

  • Sadif Rahman
    Sadif Rahman

    Great way to pay your tribute Gary

  • Alejandro Cardozo
    Alejandro Cardozo

    Gary Lineker BIG GENTLEMAN! Respectfully yours from Uruguay!!

  • Richard Moonstone
    Richard Moonstone

    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.

    • Abby 30
      Abby 30

      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!

    • JJ B
      JJ B

      "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.

  • Ralph Figaro
    Ralph Figaro

    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.

    • JJ B
      JJ B

      Yes, Lineker (6) scored one more goal than Maradona (5).

  • Shubham Sahai
    Shubham Sahai

    Brilliant heartfelt tribute by Linekar.. Rest in peace Maradona! Thanks for the wonderful memories!

    • Emily An
      Emily An

      Gary Lineker is a very British Gentleman....I love UK because there are people like him...Thanks!

  • Emily An
    Emily An

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

    • Emily An
      Emily An

      Every 1 acting like they was his friend people die all the time

  • joe pesci
    joe pesci

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

    • bofooit gojo
      bofooit gojo

      He was a cheater, but a great footballer no doubt. Not the best though.

    • bofooit gojo
      bofooit gojo

      Every 1 acting like they was his friend people die all the time

  • clayton jackson
    clayton jackson

    The Definition of the word HERO! MARADONA!!!

  • Fabio Pascali
    Fabio Pascali

    Maradona, God, Lineker, gentleman ever

    • Emily An
      Emily An

      Maradona a footballing God.

  • Jack Flash
    Jack Flash

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

  • James Goddard
    James Goddard

    That actually is impossible! Owens face says it all! R.I.P Diego! Absolute legend!

  • Julian Dicks
    Julian Dicks


    • pollo frito :v
      pollo frito :v

      Hablas español porq no entiendo nada:'-/

  • Niall Cnoc
    Niall Cnoc

    Lineker restoring some English respectability after Peter Shilton’s disgraceful behaviour last week.

  • sasarasasarasa

    So much CLASS from Gary. Respect. 👌👏

    • sasarasasarasa

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

    • Cassie

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

  • daisyroot Lady
    daisyroot Lady

    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

    • Cassie

      Champions League is boring and predictable! Format change is needed.

  • irishcowboy42

    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.

  • Alex Martin-Schael
    Alex Martin-Schael

    Fantastic tribute, very touching.

  • Ricardo Delgado
    Ricardo Delgado

    Gracias Gary, un verdadero caballero y un cra también. De vos, esto significa mucho.

  • CallidusAnguis

    He was a cheater, but a great footballer no doubt. Not the best though.

    • fouoii gyhh
      fouoii gyhh

      El Diego is not dead, he is in eternal freestyle.

  • Christopher Godfrey
    Christopher Godfrey

    Every 1 acting like they was his friend people die all the time

    • fouoii gyhh
      fouoii gyhh

      instead of licking his arse when it's too late.

  • Andrea Zitani
    Andrea Zitani

    Gary Lineker is a very British Gentleman....I love UK because there are people like him...Thanks!

  • Patrick Brennan
    Patrick Brennan

    Lovely memories and dedication from Gary Lineker


    Maradona a footballing God.

  • Heirov17

    Actually thought Gary was going to cry at the end of his "it didn't work" line. Awesome use of words and emotions in describing a fellow peer.

  • Andrei FIRUTI
    Andrei FIRUTI

    During the 1994 FIFA World Cup, Romania beat Argentina 3-2. After the game, newspapers from all around the world had the following headline: “Hagi and his Romanian tent beat Argentina”. Nobody said a thing. On the same year, Romania played against France in Saint-Etienne. Local fans wrote on their banners “Carpathian Gypsies”. Nobody said a thing. In 2009, Stuttgart played Unirea Urziceni in the Champions League. Stuttgart’s coach told his players that they’ll play against gypsies, including Ciprian Marica(his own striker) in that category. Nobody said a thing. In 2010, Steaua Bucharest played against Napoli. The Italian fans wrote on a banner “Romanians are shi*ty people, they are gypsies”. No measures were taken by UEFA. In 2014, Willy Grondin, Nantes’ goalkeepers’ coach called Romanian footballer Banel Nicolita a “begger”, reffering to his ethnicity. No measures were taken by UEFA. In 2016, Irina Begu played against Caroline Garcia. During the game, Garcia said the following: “I can’t belive I’m losing to this fuc*ing gypsy”. No measures were taken. In 2018, Simona Halep won the Roland Garros tournament. Following the win, French tabloid Charlie Hebdo released a cartoon with her followed by the word “Feraille”, which translated means scrap, an allusion to gypsies. Nobody said a thing. In 2019, Czech fans repeatedly shouted “gypsies, gypsies” when Slavia Prague played against CFR Cluj. No measures were taken by UEFA. On Tuesday night, a Romanian referee referred to Istanbul Basaksehir’s assistant manager as “black”. He called him by his skin colour. The whole Turkish team refused to continue playing the game and they started calling the Romanian people “gypsies”. The entire international press heroes out of the assistant manager and players of both teams, and set up Coltescu as the number one villain. This is the world we live in.

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