Leaked conversation between Maradona and Mourinho sums up their relationship

A leaked conversation between Diego Maradona and Jose Mourinho has demonstrated just how well the two got on.

Tributes have been pouring in from around the world of football following the sad news of Maradona's death on Wednesday.

Mourinho was among those to pay tribute to the legendary Argentinean ahead of his side's match against Chelsea this weekend.

Speaking about the private side of the man, Mourinho said: "Then there's Diego the guy. That one, I miss. I feel sorry that I didn't spend more time with him, I would have loved to.

"I think his family, his friends and colleagues are very privileged to know him well and spend time with him.

"I know him well enough and in my big defeats, he would always call me. In my big victories, never.

"But I will miss Diego, and I am very sad but I have a smile because with him, every minute I spent with him was to laugh."

And judging by a never-before-seen video released by Spanish outlet Marca, the respect between the two men was clearly mutual.

The footage shows Maradona and Mourinho speaking in Spanish in 2010 at Madrid's training ground while Mourinho was in charge of Los Blancos.

The pair are sitting in the dugout, and conversation turns to Maradona's playing days.

He can be heard saying: "I tried my hardest, busting my a***, and when I passed it to my teammate they would often miss the target."

Mourinho responds by joking: "The thing is, to play in a team you know that if you shoot, you score. Another thing is to pass to a teammate, and you don't know if they will (score)."

The two then burst into laughter, and later in the interview they embrace each other in a big hug, with Mourinho kissing Maradona on the cheek.

Diego Maradona dies age 60




Mourinho says: "Thanks for the visit. A kiss for your family," while Maradona replies: "I love you and I respect you a lot."

The two men obviously shared a great bond, perhaps unsurprisingly given that they are arguably two of the biggest personalities in the history of the sport.

Maradona was laid to rest in Buenos Aires on Friday, with thousands taking to the streets in emotional scenes in Argentina's capital city.

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