UAE National Day: When Diego Maradona took part in 2013 celebrations

Dubai Sports Council post video on its Instagram channel of late Argentine great taking part in 42nd National Day celebrations

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Dubai Sports Council have posted a video of the late football legend Diego Maradona taking part in UAE National Day celebrations to coincide with the country's 49th anniversary.

The Argentine football legend, who died last Wednesday at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack, was a resident of the emirate for nearly a decade.

DSC posted a video on its Instagram channel of Maradona taking part in National Day celebrations in 2013.

The 1986 World Cup winner is seen in traditional Emirati dress, dancing, as well as signing his name on a poster to commemorate the UAE's 42nd year.

The former Barcelona and Napoli star arrived in the UAE in 2011 as Al Wasl manager and was appointed as an ambassador by the Dubai Sports Council in August 2012, a year after he parted ways with the Arabian Gulf League side.

In his ambassadorial role, Maradona was seen at numerous sports events around the country, leaving fans and athletes starstruck in his presence.


Diego in Dubai