PICTURE: Juan Mata with Diego Maradona

Manchester United record signing met arguably the world's greatest player.

Manchester United's Juan Mata could not hide his joy at meeting Argentine legend Diego Maradona in Dubai.

The Spaniard posted the photo of him with the 1986 World Cup winner on his Twitter account, illustrating how thrilled he was to meet Maradona.

Mata had written on his blog earlier in the morning: "These kind of breaks always help to make the group even stronger and to switch off a bit from the different competitions and the tight schedule.

"These are long days, with training sessions and events with sponsors; we spend a lot of time together but there is free time too, so I can discover this country and its culture."

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