Steven Gerrard “almost passed out” after receiving a message from Diego Maradona

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Steven Gerrard said he “nearly passed out” after receiving a message from Diego Maradona on Instagram.

The legend of the Reds, who currently runs the Rangers, took part in a social media challenge in which he listed six players who made him fall in love with football.

The challenge has been to tour footballers, former players and fans – and Gerrard has chosen to include a star-studded cast of attackers and midfielders in his selections.

Liverpool colleagues Ian Rush and John Barnes made an appearance, while Paul Gascoigne, Gary Lineker, Zinedine Zidane and Maradona completed the six.

And Gerrard, 39, spoke of a message he received from World Cup winner Maradona after choosing him from his list.



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“In fact, I had a message yesterday and I almost passed out,” he admitted on Sky Sports on Thursday.

“Diego Maradona sent me a private message on Instagram. It has been my day and I was delighted to receive a response from him. Well, it is probably after my work! ”

The caps have given Gerrard a break from the uncertainty and disagreements surrounding Scottish football amid the coronavirus epidemic – although he said he would have liked to have chosen ten players rather than six.



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“Rush and Barnes were my two heroes,” he added. “I think this challenge should be extended to ten. Six was not enough.

“I think from an international perspective, it’s always Gary Lineker who scored all the goals that got you off the couch.

“Gazza [Gascoigne], probably the best English footballer of all time. My two Liverpools were Rush and Barnes, but I wish I had Robbie Fowler and Jamie Redknapp from my youth.

“We have to stretch it to ten, but I was really happy with the six I chose.”

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