Neymar details "unforgettable" gesture by Diego Maradona during chance meeting

PSG superstar Neymar has revealed what happened when he met Diego Maradona as a youngster.

The world has been paying their respects to Argentine legend Maradona since he passed away last week.

And the latest star to reveal he met the 1986 World Cup-winning captain is Brazilian winger Neymar.

The trickster says he spent some time with Maradona after a legends game between Brazil and Argentina while he was a teenager at Santos.

Neymar revealed the pair took a photo together and Maradona treated him brilliantly as they shared an unforgettable day together.

"I had just a few contacts with Maradona, but I'll never forget the one when I was 12 or 13 years old," Neymar told Eleven Sports.

"I was just starting at Santos and I went to watch a show match between Brazil and Argentina – a game between former players.

"As the Brazilian team's bus were already full, I couldn't go with them, so they put me onto Argentina's bus. There were two guys highlighted in there, because they were sitting in the first seats: they were [Alejandro] Mancuso and Maradona.

"So they put me alongside them and treated me very well. So well that, when we arrived in the stadium, they took me to Argentina's locker room and onto the field.

"I even have a photo with Maradona, from when I was a little. He called me over to take that picture. I'll never forget his gesture.

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"On the pitch he was an icon for everybody, sure. For me as well, but I've always respected him as an athlete and as a footballer. I will never forget that."

Neymar also paid homage to Maradona by wearing a shirt with the Argentine's face which read "Bye number 10! Rest in peace" while warming up for PSG's game against Bordeaux on Saturday.

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