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Tearful Carlo Ancelotti remembers old friend and 'the best player he ever played against' Diego Maradona before Everton's clash with Leeds Carlo Ancelotti played for Roma and AC Milan against Diego Maradona's Napoli The pair locked horns between 1984 and 1991 when Maradona was in his prime The architect of Argentina's 1986 World Cup win died following a heart attack

By Alex Bowmer For Mailonline

Published: 19:17 GMT, 28 November 2020 | Updated: 19:19 GMT, 28 November 2020

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There has been an outpouring of grief following the death of Diego Maradona on Wednesday and Carlo Ancelotti is one of those who holds fond memories of the Argentinian genius. 

The tearful Everton manager bowed his head before being overcome with emotion towards the end of the minute's applause before his side's match against Leeds United on Saturday evening.  

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Ancelotti was an eye-catching midfielder at Roma when Maradona arrived at Napoli in 1984 following a two-year spell with Barcelona. 

A tearful Carlo Ancelotti remembers his old friend Diego Maradona during a minute's applause

A tearful Carlo Ancelotti remembers his old friend Diego Maradona during a minute's applause

The Italian kissed his glove in prayer to honour a player who was always fiercely competitive

The Italian kissed his glove in prayer to honour a player who was always fiercely competitive

Roma had just missed out on the title that year, while Napoli clung on to their Serie A status after finishing the season just a point above the relegation zone. 

The gap closed immediately in Maradona's first season in , with Roma finishing one place

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