'Childhood hero' Maradona inspired me to take up football: Bhaichung Bhutia

Thursday, 26 Nov, 8.55 pm

Former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia on Thursday said Argentine football legend Diego Maradona was his inspiration behind taking up the 'beautiful game' as a career option.

Paying his tribute to Maradona, who died at the age of 60 in Buenos Aires on Wednesday night following a cardiac arrest, Bhutia said from young age he always aspired to play like the football legend.

"He (Maradona) has been one of the most inspirational players for me since the time I started watching football. I've grown up watching him and wanted to be like him," the 'Sikkimese Sniper' told PTI.

"It was just because of him I got up early in the morning to play in those wet and muddy grounds.