Great Britain

Man Utd defender Marcos Rojo leaves team-mates stunned with huge tattoo of Diego Maradona posing as Fidel Castro on leg

Manchester United star Marcos Rojo has stunned teammates with a striking tattoo of Diego Maradona on his leg - dressed as a Cuban rebel leader.

Rojo, 30, chose an image of the late great in a cigar-chomping Fidel Castro pose, complete with a communist cap emblazoned with a star.

The international defender - currently on loan to his boyhood club Estudiantes in Argentina - spent painful hours having the inking on his right leg.

It is a near perfect copy of a picture portrait of the Hand of God star taken when he lived in Cuba - before his death at 60 last November after surgery on a brain bleed.

Rojo commented “first session" with a post of the tattoo on his Instagram account, suggesting further inked tributes to his hero are planned.

Maradona famously had a strong relationship with Castro.

⚽ Read our Man United live blog for the latest news from Old Trafford

The Argentina World Cup star visited him in Cuba in 1986 and returned to the Caribbean Island several times - taking football shirts as gifts.

It is also reported that Castro helped Maradona with his drug addiction once he retired and offered him Cuban healthcare.

Castro died on November 25, 2016, and an emotional Maradona said he 'was like a father to me'.

Maradona added: "I’ll go to Cuba to say goodbye to my friend. He opened the doors to Cuba to me when Argentina was closing them on me.”

Maradona died exactly four years after Castro on November 25, 2020, which led to an outpouring of tributes from around the world.

Man Utd misfit Rojo, meanwhile, moved to Estudiantes on loan last year.

He made 76 league appearances in six years on Old Trafford having joined in 2014.

Maradona and Pele play header challenge on game show

Football news:

Cavani has returned to training and is likely to play against Crystal Palace
Fabio Capello, Juventus played Rugby against the Port. Only Ronaldo and Chiesa can make a difference in this squad
Neymar: I posted how I was recovering from my injury, and I didn't get any messages saying, Wow, what a professional. No
Ole Gunnar Solscher: The work of the judges is very difficult and without additional pressure. We have to make their decisions
Joan Laporta: I'm sure Messi won't stay at Barca if I don't win the election. He gives the club 30% of revenue
Trent had idolized Gerrard since he was a kid, and he was in a fairy tale: he got Steven's care and the captain's armband. The story of a great relationship
Hazard's recovery from the injury is delayed. He probably won't play against Atletico on March 7