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Lionel Messi poignantly paid tribute to the late Diego Maradona after scoring a goal the footballing icon would have been proud of.

Sunday saw Barcelona playing their first match since Maradona's tragic death was announced on Wednesday afternoon.

The Argentinian legend spent two seasons at the Nou Camp, before moving to Napoli in 1984.

And Barcelona put in a performance worthy of the 1986 World Cup winner, thumping Osasuna 4-0 in La Liga.

Messi wearing a Newell's Old Boys jersey in memory of Maradona
(Image: Andreu Dalmau/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

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Messi scored his side's fourth goal in the closing stages, dribbling past two defenders before firing into the top corner.

Following an embrace with some of his teammates, Messi removed his Barcelona shirt to reveal a Newell's Old Boy jersey with the No.10 printed.

Maradona had a brief spell with the club towards the end of his career, while Messi started his there. With his shirt changed, Messi pointed to the sky to pay tribute to a man, who he has so often been compared to.

The referee was forced to book the Barca man for removing his shirt, but that took little away from the emotional scenes.

Messi removed his Barcelona shirt to reveal a Newell's Old Boys jersey

The 33-year-old took to social media on Wednesday discussing the impact he had on his life: “A very sad day for all Argentines and for football. He leaves us but does not leave, because Diego is eternal.

“I keep all the beautiful moments lived with him and I wanted to take the opportunity to send my condolences to all his family and friends. RIP.”

The two also enjoyed a close relationship during Diego's rollercoaster spell as the Argentinian national coach.

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Messi posted the image of the pair on his social media on Wednesday
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Back in 2010, Messi was asked about comparisons, to his manager, making his thoughts perfectly clear in the process.

”Even if I played for a million years, I’d never come close to Maradona," he said.

"Not that I’d want to anyway. He’s the greatest there’s ever been.”

The feeling was clearly mutual as well, in his final interview Maradona was asked about the best players in the current game, he told France Football:  "Messi and Cristiano, Cristiano and Messi

"For me, those two are a notch above the others. I don't see anyone coming close to them. Not a single one has done even half of what they have."

Maradona died aged 60 after suffering a cardiac arrest on Wednesday, with the country then going into three days of mourning.

He was buried in a private ceremony in the Jardin de Paz cemetery on the outskirts of Buenos Aires on Thursday.

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