ON THIS DAY: Maradona did this memorable warm up


Picture the scene, it’s the build-up to a crucial UEFA Cup semi-final clash with Bayern, where you know nothing other than a committed, flawless performance will suffice.

Unless, of course, you’re Diego Maradona, in which case you’re too damn good to be worried about how you’ll perform. No need for stern faces, tactical run-throughs or shooting practice. Instead, you dance. Duh.

With Napoli hosting the German giants back in 1989 (on April 19), Opus’ Live if Life was simply too inviting to ignore, so the Argentine proceeded to dance his way across the pitch, effortlessly matching the rhythm of the beat.

His dance partner was, naturally, a ball, who joined him every step of the way. He looked so unfazed and without a care in the world, anyone would be forgiven for thinking the match had ended.

It’s glorious viewing.

Napoli went on to secure a 2-2 draw on the evening, progressing to a final date with another German side in the shape of Stuttgart having seen off Munich a fortnight earlier at home, 2-0.

Maradona would go on to score a penalty in a 2-1 win at the San Paolo in the final first-leg before he secured his only European club trophy with the May 17th 3-3 draw in Stuttgart.

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