BRUSSELS (AP) — France great Michel Platini, one of Diego Maradona’s fiercest rivals in the Italian league during the 1980s, calls him “the greatest football lover there was.”
In a message to The Associated Press on Thursday, Platini added Maradona was “a child king. He was a bit excessive in all things, but the most important thing is that he was excessive on the pitch and it was beautiful.”
Maradona died on Wednesday from a heart attack, aged 60.
Platini, who is 65, and Maradona played against each other at club level at a time when the Italian league was arguably the best in the world. Maradona arrived at Napoli in 1984, two years after Platini signed with Juventus.