Ligue 1 club Nantes sparked a huge reaction in the football world after they released a cartoon showing Argentina legend Diego Maradona meeting former striker Emiliano Sala in Heaven.
Maradona died of a heart attack on Wednesday at the age of just 60 after entering hospital for brain surgery the first week of November.
The club posted an illustration on its Twitter page showing Maradona and the former Nantes player Sala, who died in January 2019 in a tragic plane crash.
A tweet from Ligue 1 club Nantes sparked a huge response in the football world
Argentine soccer legend Maradona died of heart attack on Wednesday aged 60
Former Nantes striker Emiliano Sala tragically died in a plane crash last year
Sala is represented in the clouds, representing paradise, and welcomes Maradona who greets him with open arms.
The tweet was liked over 36,000 times and fans responded by remembering the two former footballers.
One fan tweeted: “Two stars who can party together in heaven”, while another said: “It breaks my heart”.
However, the cartoon split opinion among the thousands of people who signed up as one user tweeted, “Something uncomfortable about this.”
The coffin of the late Maradona is carried by his family and friends in Buenos Aires
The hearse carrying his coffin goes to the cemetery watched over by hordes of mourners
Thousands of fans took to the streets around the presidential palace in Buenos Aires where Maradona was in state on Thursday, and thousands more lined the freeways in the afternoon to glimpse his hearse as he rode surrounded by vehicles from police.
The biggest names in football such as Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho paid tribute to the former World Cup winner.
“There is Maradona and there is Diego. Maradona, I don’t need to speak because the world knows it and no one will forget ”, said Mourinho BT Sport.
“Diego is different, the people who are his great friends, the people who share the locker room with him, the colleagues, these guys are privileged.
“I can say he was a good friend of mine, but my contact with him was over the phone and of course we met a few times.
“He had a big, big, big, big heart. This is the guy I miss, because his football we can find him whenever we miss him, if we Google we will find him. But Diego, no.
Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho paid tribute to his friend – pictured together in 2018
Maradona was revered at Napoli after a seven-year stint from 1984 to 1991 where he led the team to two Serie A titles and a UEFA Cup.
On Thursday evening, in front of the stadium which should be renamed Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, thousands of fans laid flowers and sang his name – and striker Dries Mertens, who wears the No.10 shirt made infamous by the Argentinian, was equally moved when speaking after Napoli’s 2-0 victory.
“It was a horrible time for me so I can only imagine what those who experienced his time in Naples must have felt,” Mertens said Sky Sport Italie.
“He had a huge impact on this city and for everyone in southern Italy. I want to be positive and focus on my memories of a smiling man who loved football. “
The entire Napoli squad wore a ‘Maradona 10’ jersey before kick-off and Maradona’s face was shown on the big screen throughout the game.
The whole Napoli team came out before the match with “Maradona 10” shirts as a tribute
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