Diego Maradona played his last professional match on October 25th, 1997, at the Estadio Monumental de Nunez in Buenos Aires, wearing the jersey of Boca Juniors at a Superclasico against eternal arch rivals River Plate.
The 1986 World Cup champion played for 45 minutes before being replaced by a young Juan Roman Riquelme, who would eventually become a Boca Juniors and Argentina national team icon in his own right.
Eternas gracias. Eterno Diego. pic.twitter.com/SZVNOJnZ1j— Boca Jrs. Oficial (desde 🏡) (@BocaJrsOficial) November 25, 2020
Second half goals by Julio Cesar Toresani and Martin Palermo saw Boca come from behind to secure a 2-1 win over their bitter rivals.
Five days later, on the day of his 37th birthday, Maradona announced his retirement from professional football.
The 60-year-old had been in hospital in Buenos Aires after surgery to remove a blood clot on the brain earlier this month.