Argentine photographer recalls a heartfelt meeting between Roger Federer and Diego Maradona

On Wednesday, the world was brought to a still as one of the greatest football players, Diego Maradona took his last breath in his hometown.

Roger Federer, Diego Maradona

Recently, one of the greatest to ever play football, Diego Maradona bid adieu to the world. The Argentine legend passed away in Buenos Aires on Wednesday due to a heart attack.

Soon after the great’s demise, the entire world mourned over the loss of the football magician, including the tennis world.

Tennis stars like Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Diego Schwartzman could not hold it back from sharing their feelings over the incident as Maradona happens to be a part of everyone’s childhood. However, Roger Federer is yet to comment or pay tribute to the death of Maradona so far, despite having met the Argentine legend on various occasions. 

Maradona kept ‘kissing’ Federer’s pictures: Argentine photographer Jorge Ferrari

Diego Maradona, Roger Federer

A photographer from the birthplace of Maradona, Jorge Ferrari detailed his experience with Maradona when the World Cup winner happened to meet the Swiss maestro, Roger Federer at the 2013 Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships.

According to Khaleej Times, UAE based photographer could not believe himself after witnessing the child-like admiration Maradona had for Federer.

“He came to watch Roger Federer. At the end of the match, Maradona wanted to meet Federer,” said Ferrari. “So we went with him through the Dubai Stadium tunnel, which has all the pictures of the tournament champions and he kept stopping and kissing the Federer pictures,” he added.

Ferrari also mentioned that Maradona was really in awe of the 20 time Grand Slam champion.

“When Federer eventually arrived there after the end of his match, Maradona was nearly crying. He hugged and kissed him,” said Ferrari. “Maradona was really in awe of Federer. It was not like people like us meeting Federer, you know. It was Maradona meeting Federer. But he was super excited like he was some little kid meeting his idol,” he added.

Although, Federer has not spoken over the tragic loss of the great footballer, this video has done the rounds on social media.

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Also Read: “There’s no other like Roger Federer!” when Federer broke down after receiving a message from Diego Maradona


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