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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  1. J DH87

    J DH8716 hours ago


  2. Leni Gonzalez

    Leni GonzalezDay ago

    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 ♥️

  3. Pablo Fernandez

    Pablo Fernandez6 days ago

    Traducción please in spanish ?! 🇦🇷

  4. Mystic Produce

    Mystic Produce9 days ago

    Gracias Gary ❤️!

  5. sebastian alegria

    sebastian alegria10 days ago

    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'.

  6. Maximus Murphius

    Maximus Murphius10 days ago

    Rex Diego ! RIP !

  7. KeepEmCommin

    KeepEmCommin10 days ago

    He's a goon

  8. Adam Bob Anderson

    Adam Bob Anderson11 days ago

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

  9. Shane Kelley

    Shane Kelley11 days ago

    Maradonna. Cheat. FULL STOP.

  10. Shubham Sahai

    Shubham Sahai12 days ago

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

  11. joseph

    joseph14 days ago

    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.

  12. Abby 30

    Abby 3012 days ago

    @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.

  13. joseph

    joseph12 days ago

    @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.

  14. Abby 30

    Abby 3012 days ago

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

  15. Jett Z85

    Jett Z8515 days ago

    2:01 yes exactly....

  16. John Abruzzi

    John Abruzzi16 days ago

    Maradona The Best of the Best Rest in Peace!

  17. axoram

    axoram16 days ago

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

  18. José Villaró

    José Villaró17 days ago

    Gary is a gentleman

  19. Jem

    Jem18 days ago

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

  20. Indi Bhart

    Indi Bhart18 days ago

    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!!! 😀

  21. Indi Bhart

    Indi Bhart18 days ago

    The best!!!!

  22. Ray Smith

    Ray Smith18 days ago

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

  23. TT 97

    TT 9719 days ago

    2:02 Owen's face says it all

  24. TNK Sports Agency

    TNK Sports Agency20 days ago

    Gary always brilliant ,spot on, greetings from Uruguay

  25. David M

    David M22 days ago

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

  26. Tim Vercruysen

    Tim Vercruysen23 days ago

    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

  27. Nick

    Nick23 days ago

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

  28. Nick

    Nick10 days ago

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

  29. Generic Person

    Generic Person10 days ago

    Where’s your spelling

  30. Jim Clawley

    Jim Clawley23 days ago

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

  31. Gabriel Vita

    Gabriel Vita23 days ago

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

  32. Sigit Prabowo

    Sigit Prabowo24 days ago

    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

  33. Lobo Suelto

    Lobo Suelto24 days ago

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

  34. Bodhi Dasgupta

    Bodhi Dasgupta25 days ago

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

  35. kim kee

    kim kee26 days ago

    The woke one relativising cheating ...

  36. straightfacts

    straightfacts26 days ago

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

  37. Bob Bobbin

    Bob Bobbin27 days ago


  38. Rahul Dravid

    Rahul Dravid28 days ago

    Petite dynamite genius. Rip Maradona. 🙏

  39. Daniel Llanos

    Daniel Llanos28 days ago

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

  40. Nico Daglio

    Nico Daglio28 days ago

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

  41. E Quint

    E Quint28 days ago

    i lost mij idool

  42. Ludwig Fischer

    Ludwig Fischer28 days ago

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

  43. lecocos

    lecocos29 days ago

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

  44. Thomas Deierling

    Thomas Deierling29 days ago

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

  45. Yonah

    Yonah29 days ago

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

  46. Egzon Salihu

    Egzon Salihu29 days ago

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

  47. obj jr

    obj jrMonth ago

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

  48. Hussein Hussein

    Hussein HusseinMonth ago

    Words fail me !!!!! Diego forever

  49. ياسر العمري

    ياسر العمريMonth ago

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

  50. David O'brien

    David O'brienMonth ago

    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

  51. Stuart Kelly

    Stuart KellyMonth ago

    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

  52. Sadif Rahman

    Sadif RahmanMonth ago

    Great way to pay your tribute Gary

  53. Alejandro Cardozo

    Alejandro CardozoMonth ago

    Gary Lineker BIG GENTLEMAN! Respectfully yours from Uruguay!!

  54. Richard Moonstone

    Richard MoonstoneMonth ago

    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.

  55. Abby 30

    Abby 3012 days ago

    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!

  56. JJ B

    JJ BMonth ago

    "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.

  57. Ralph Figaro

    Ralph FigaroMonth ago

    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.

  58. JJ B

    JJ BMonth ago

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

  59. Shubham Sahai

    Shubham SahaiMonth ago

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

  60. Emily An

    Emily AnMonth ago

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

  61. Emily An

    Emily AnMonth ago

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

  62. Emily An

    Emily AnMonth ago

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

  63. joe pesci

    joe pesciMonth ago

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

  64. bofooit gojo

    bofooit gojoMonth ago

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

  65. bofooit gojo

    bofooit gojoMonth ago

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

  66. clayton jackson

    clayton jacksonMonth ago

    The Definition of the word HERO! MARADONA!!!

  67. Fabio Pascali

    Fabio PascaliMonth ago

    Maradona, God, Lineker, gentleman ever

  68. Emily An

    Emily AnMonth ago

    Maradona a footballing God.

  69. Jack Flash

    Jack FlashMonth ago

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

  70. James Goddard

    James GoddardMonth ago

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

  71. Julian Dicks

    Julian DicksMonth ago


  72. pollo frito :v

    pollo frito :vMonth ago

    Hablas español porq no entiendo nada:'-/

  73. Niall Cnoc

    Niall CnocMonth ago

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

  74. sasarasasarasa

    sasarasasarasaMonth ago

    So much CLASS from Gary. Respect. 👌👏

  75. sasarasasarasa

    sasarasasarasaMonth ago

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

  76. Cassie

    CassieMonth ago

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

  77. daisyroot Lady

    daisyroot LadyMonth ago

    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

  78. Cassie

    CassieMonth ago

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

  79. irishcowboy42

    irishcowboy42Month ago

    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.

  80. Alex Martin-Schael

    Alex Martin-SchaelMonth ago

    Fantastic tribute, very touching.

  81. Ricardo Delgado

    Ricardo DelgadoMonth ago

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

  82. CallidusAnguis

    CallidusAnguisMonth ago

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

  83. fouoii gyhh

    fouoii gyhhMonth ago

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

  84. Christopher Godfrey

    Christopher GodfreyMonth ago

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

  85. fouoii gyhh

    fouoii gyhhMonth ago

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

  86. Andrea Zitani

    Andrea ZitaniMonth ago

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

  87. Patrick Brennan

    Patrick BrennanMonth ago

    Lovely memories and dedication from Gary Lineker


    MICKY BRENNANMonth ago

    Maradona a footballing God.

  89. Heirov17

    Heirov17Month ago

    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.

  90. Andrei FIRUTI

    Andrei FIRUTIMonth ago

    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.

  91. Liam Noman

    Liam NomanMonth ago


  92. A Moan On A Phone.

    A Moan On A Phone.Month ago

    Junkie cheat.

  93. Marko Nikolic

    Marko NikolicMonth ago

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

  94. niduoe stre

    niduoe streMonth ago

    Excellent video. Keep it up!?

  95. peter koumbridis

    peter koumbridisMonth ago

    he talks about maradonna with outstanding skills with the ball but forgetten that pele in his own right acheived more world cups scored more goals and was the youngest ever to play in world cup and he was absoloutly a genius with ball .and was clean in the game not like maradonna

  96. niduoe stre

    niduoe streMonth ago


  97. Ulfhednar Norvegr

    Ulfhednar NorvegrMonth ago

    A champagne socialist hailing a cheater is nothing new. Viva Drogas Maradona... Cheating is alright when they are special, right? Always one rule for the chosen - all down to the core of socialism. One rule for Tor, another rule for Loke...

  98. Gary Spence

    Gary SpenceMonth ago

    Juggled some socks........fantastic !!! Crack head

  99. David C.

    David C.Month ago

    Beautiful tribute Gary, we can feel your admiration and respect to Diego ! Very emotional to listen to !

  100. Vucumprá

    VucumpráMonth ago

    I've always liked Maradona and laughed when he batted that ball into the goal with his hands and got plenty of hatred by England fans for doing so, but it was the Ref that was at fault, Maradona was branded a cheat although he cheated no more than most other footballers, but let's not for get his links with the Camorra, drugs, weapons and so forth instead of licking his arse when it's too late.

  101. Vucumprá

    VucumpráMonth ago

    @JJ B Yes, that's right he cheated no more than other footballers.

  102. JJ B

    JJ BMonth ago

    „The first goal, ehhhhh, it’s like…, it’s like I steal from a thief.“, "... With this I don't want to be disrecpetful to the British football fans...", Diego Maradona. (from Sky)

  103. Kriegerdammerung

    KriegerdammerungMonth ago

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

  104. G S

    G SMonth ago

    Se te extraña Diego! Gracias por tanta genialidad. Serás eterno.

  105. Aaron James

    Aaron JamesMonth ago

    They weren't clean full vertical volley "bangs" like ol' Gal says but subtle vertical half-volley touches that're easy and I do em all the time (ol' Gal, baiting every one up)

  106. Eduardo Mastroscello

    Eduardo MastroscelloMonth ago

    British friends, who always remember "the hand of god" A bit of history ... Diego with "the hand of god" were stolen .. We agree! I would also like to talk about the World Cup 66 quarterfinals England - Argentina (German referee) Germany - Uruguay (English referee) The German referee expels Rattin (Argentine captain) after 33 minutes said that he had insulted him, without knowing the Spanish language. England won 1-0 with a goal from Hurst in the 77th minute with arbitration that favored them throughout the game. If the robbery is done by the power of the Football organizations, from the shadows, is it more acceptable for a football player to do it in full view of the world?

  107. Robert C Lynch

    Robert C LynchMonth ago

    My era too. I was a teenager in 1986 and 86 and 82 were my favourites. Maradona for me, was the greatest player ever.

  108. steakmeal74

    steakmeal74Month ago

    Lineker 🤢🤮🤮

  109. RTC1655

    RTC1655Month ago


  110. Al Pontevedra

    Al PontevedraMonth ago

    Hey Messi I the greatest and that's it .

  111. Angel Matos

    Angel MatosMonth ago

    Diego was oxygen at every level

  112. omko73

    omko73Month ago

    Lineker is a good story teller and looks like a cool guy

  113. Gordon Ramsay

    Gordon RamsayMonth ago

    As anybody said what a drug taking cheat Maradona was? How can people idolise somebody who cheated in there profession..get a grip on reality and stop glossing over the facts

  114. zijuiy wttuy

    zijuiy wttuyMonth ago

    gary lineker. the humble, loved by nation footballer turned into million pound tv license burden, big headed twitter diva.

  115. Zico Rarat

    Zico RaratMonth ago

    The greatest ever in football

  116. zijuiy wttuy

    zijuiy wttuyMonth ago

    He was a drug taking cheater.

  117. Caesar 1

    Caesar 1Month ago

    Cool skill but useless in a game unfortunately.



    I remember Gary meet Maradona.

  119. Amalia Catalina

    Amalia CatalinaMonth ago

    The level of HYPOCRISY of the English. They don't talk about all the cheating they did kicking, beating punching Maradona in the face, constantly during the whole game, the CHEATING...AND that's ok. They're just sore losers. Maradona never complained of the beating he endured. And they just go on and on..if talk about cheating, then talk about your cheating as well. That takes balls.

  120. riberadelplata

    riberadelplataMonth ago


  121. Cassie

    CassieMonth ago

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

  122. Eminem Morgan

    Eminem MorganMonth ago

    Lineker contradicts himself - clearly remember him saying Messi was the greatest player ever. Not surprised though as he is a pandering woke fool. Defund the BBC

  123. Jerome & Lydia

    Jerome & LydiaMonth ago

    Gary Linekar is a real sportsman for leaving this message,especially after the disgusting HAND OF GOD drama from the 1986 World Cup. Rest in peace to a real legend of the game. Checkout our Maradona tribute blog right now on our USlikes channel

  124. cristian silvio bernachea

    cristian silvio bernacheaMonth ago

    nosotros vimos un free style, en 1981, 25 años antes de que hubiera otro en cualquier parte del mundo

  125. Cassie

    CassieMonth ago

    Gary Lineker: what a great player and classy man! We miss him, Baggio and MARADONA! Greetings from Italy

  126. Christopher O'Farrell

    Christopher O'FarrellMonth ago

    This is Gary at his best. He should keep out of politics, there he is a more ruder spelling of the german player, Kuntz.

  127. Francis Robertson

    Francis RobertsonMonth ago

    Non personality’s talking about a human being they would destroy for anything he done in this day. They couldn’t like sh** off his shoe

  128. MrMiddenfacemcnulty

    MrMiddenfacemcnultyMonth ago

    Gary is a tosspot. Maradona was a legend.