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Argentine football legend Diego Maradona during a charity program in Kolkata on Dec 11, 2017Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS

Regarded as the God of football alongside Pele in Kolkata, Argentina legend Diego Maradona is stealing hearts during his visit to the city of joy. The former football maestro took part in an exhibition game where he played alongside India cricket legend Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday.

Maradona, 57, also turned attention as he crooned the famous Mexican song Bésame Mucho, alongside Kerala singer Charles Antony, who has the incredible talent of singing in at least 20 different languages of the world.

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Maradona is on a three-day visit of Kolkata. This is his second visit to this part of India after December 2008. The city paid a tribute to the legendary footballer by unveiling a 12-foot long statue of Maradona, seen holding the 1986 FIFA World Cup.

"I don't think I'm the god of football. I just consider myself as a simple football player," Maradona has been quoted as saying by the Times of India. "I am glad to be in Kolkata for the second time. Thank you very much for the love.

"It's amazing to have my statue here."

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The statue, however, has been a target of online ridicule especially among the British press, with the likes of BBC Sport and CNN claiming that the Cristiano Ronaldo face bust statue faux-pas, created by Emanuel Santos, was still better than this bizarre statue.

Maradona's face has been compared to that of a Beatles member to Roy Hodgson and even singer Susan Boyle.