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Diego Maradona: Barcelona and Boca Juniors to play tribute match in Saudi Arabia


(CNN) One year on from his death, two of Diego Maradona’s former clubs — Barcelona and Boca Juniors — will play a friendly in his honor in Saudi Arabia.

Set to take place at the 25,000-seat capacity Mrsool Park Stadium in the capital city of Riyadh on December 14, the Maradona Cup will pay tribute to the memory of the iconic Argentine, who died from heart failure in November last year at the age of 60.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the game’s history, Maradona signed for Boca in 1981, his first of two spells at the Buenos Aires club.

The diminutive Argentine won the league title before, just before the 1982 World Cup in Spain, departing for Barcelona for a then world-record fee of $7.6 million.

Though injury ravaged his two-year spell with the Catalan club — including hepatitis and a broken ankle — Maradona nonetheless lifted three titles: the Copa del Rey, the Spanish Super Cup and the Spanish League Cup.

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