MX23RW : Tuesday, December 8 10:06:24| >> :120:41026:41026:

Frank McGarvey: 'Outstanding Diego Maradona tore us to shreds'

McGarvey: 'Outstanding Maradona tore us to shreds'
© Reuters
The former Celtic and St Mirren striker won his second Scotland cap against Argentina in a friendly in 1979.

Frank McGarvey recalls chasing Diego Maradona across Hampden Park before thinking better of it.

The former Celtic and St Mirren striker won his second Scotland cap against Argentina in a friendly on June 2, 1979 and was looking forward to coming up against the 18-year-old emerging superstar.

Maradona put on a show for the 60,000-plus Scottish crowd and scored the third goal – and his first for his country – in a comfortable 3-1 win for the then world champions.

The performance left McGarvey a life-long fan of the attacking midfield maestro and saddened to hear that the 60-year-old had died.

The Argentina World Cup winner and the national team's former manager had been in hospital in Buenos Aires after surgery to remove a blood clot on the brain earlier this month.

McGarvey told the PA News agency about one of his fondest football memories.

He said: "I was told to look out for this teenager, who was the real deal.

"He looked like a wee boy but he was unbelievable. He tore us to shreds.

"He had speed over five yards and then speed to get away from you.

"I remember chasing him. I was quick and he had the ball but he was running away from me and so I left him to David Narey and Paul Hegarty and went to mark someone else. He was too good for me. He was outstanding in every way.

"After that game I kept a close eye on what he was doing and what a player he became.

"He won the 1986 World Cup by himself and he done it in style.

"And in the England game he scored probably the greatest goal ever, beating half the England team and then go past the keeper to score.

"Messi and Ronaldo are great players but nowhere near Maradona, he is the greatest.

"It is a very sad day for me. He is the greatest player I will ever see."

ID:423759:cQx

Click here for more stories about Diego Maradona

Click here for more stories about Scotland

Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Diego Maradona scores against England on June 22, 1986
Read Next:
Legendary figures bid farewell to 'greatest of them all' Diego Maradona
>
Latest Sports Video
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free daily transfer newsletter! Sent twice a day during the transfer window.

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
Champions League
Championship
League Two
National League
National League North
National League South
EFL Trophy
Belgian Pro League
NIFL Premiership
Welsh Premier League
Serie B
MLS Playoffs
NFL
FT
Bills
34-24
49ers
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Tottenham HotspurSpurs117312391424
2Liverpool117312617924
3Chelsea1164125111422
4Leicester CityLeicester117042115621
5Southampton116232117420
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd106131917219
7Manchester CityMan City105321711618
8West Ham UnitedWest Ham115241814417
9Everton115242018217
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves115241115-417
11Crystal Palace115151716116
12Aston Villa95042013715
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle104241215-314
14Leeds UnitedLeeds114251620-414
15Arsenal114161014-413
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton112451518-310
17Fulham112181121-107
18Burnley10136518-136
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom11137823-156
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd110110518-131

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!