Fans and former players have praised the amazing gesture made by the All Blacks in memory of the late Diego Maradona.
The Argentinean football legend passed away earlier this week and to pay their respects, All Blacks captain Sam Cane presented a New Zealand shirt baring Maradona’s name on the half way line before performing the Haka.
🇦🇷 @AllBlacks pay respect to the late Maradona
— RUGBYcomau (@rugbycomau) November 28, 2020
New Zealand went on to win the game 38-0 at Bankwest Stadium in Sydney to bounce back after their previous defeat to Los Pumas in the Tri Nations. Full match highlights as well as the reaction to the shirt presentation are available below:
— ugo monye (@ugomonye) November 28, 2020
The All Blacks presented Argentina with a special Maradona 🔟 jersey before their Tri-Nations match this morning ❤️
A lovely gesture 👏 pic.twitter.com/VeUFPHe3cL
— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) November 28, 2020
The All Blacks have been praised for their touching tribute to the late Diego Maradona during their haka ahead of their Tri-Nations clash against Los Pumas in Newcastle. #ARGvNZL #TriNations https://t.co/JsmTOsCFap
— RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) November 28, 2020
Breathtaking: New Zealand’s All Black Rugby Team faced Argentina today. Before performing their traditional Haka pre-game, they laid down a jersey with Maradona 10 written on it. A mark of respect for a global icon whose greatness transcended sports and borders 🇦🇷🇳🇿 #EternoDiego https://t.co/LoGoae3OKT
— roger bennett (@rogbennett) November 28, 2020
The @AllBlacks gesture to sporting icon, Diego Maradona 🔟 is an unbelievable show of sportsmanship 🖤
Sport brings us together 🙏 pic.twitter.com/rmZnpPhFG6
— Sky Sport NZ (@skysportnz) November 28, 2020
— Simon Kuper (@KuperSimon) November 28, 2020
— Los Pumas (@lospumas) November 28, 2020
The All Blacks are all class. pic.twitter.com/UZ4Z6PeyMP
— 💧LubiePhilrunfreeFionn (@lubiephil) November 28, 2020
— ESPN Scrum (@espnscrum) November 28, 2020
— The Rugby Critic (@therugbycritic) November 28, 2020
— Scapegoat (@AndiMakinana) November 28, 2020
I’m not into Rugby, but seeign this kind of behavior in sports in general, always make my day.
It’s been nice to see this humble tribute to Diego Armando Maradona, from the AllBlacks.
Nice way to start my Saturday! ❤️👍 https://t.co/TxNVxyNiP2
— Marlboro GRG (@MarlboroGrg) November 28, 2020
— Carlitos (@CharlyAB) November 28, 2020
In memory of Diego. pic.twitter.com/ar7ewD91Zj
— Jim (@jimhamilton4) November 28, 2020