Mexico 1986. The great Diego Maradona was on his way to winning the World Cup for Argentina and in the middle of it all he was enjoying the craic with former Northern Ireland manager Terry Neill.
With a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eyes, Diego would tell Terry that he ought to have signed for Arsenal when the Ulsterman wanted him to. Neill, working for Fifa then and a regular visitor to the Argentine training camp, lapped up the banter with the 'Golden Boy' from Buenos Aires.
The ex-Arsenal and Tottenham boss loved watching Maradona ahead of monumental matches. Sure, he revelled in seeing an artist at work but what he remembers most 34 years on is how happy the maestro was, the laughs, the jokes and the japes with his team-mates who he would lead to glory, taking out England and Belgium on his own before producing the perfect pass to Jorge Burruchaga for the decisive goal versus Germany in the World Cup final.
Neill was saddened to hear the news on Wednesday that the icon with the 'Hand of God' and a left foot from heaven had passed away at the age of 60.
In an interview with the Belfast Telegraph, Neill outlined his personal experiences with the Argentine hero, including that attempt to sign him and a memorable night out in London after watching an England game at Wembley months on from the World Cup triumph.
It was before Maradona ruled the world that charismatic Neill made his move. A record breaking switch to Barcelona and creating history with Napoli would come later for the genius who starred in his homeland as a kid with Argentinos Juniors and Boca Juniors.
Neill recalls: "It was Harry Haslam, a dear friend of mine and manager at the time of Sheffield United, who contacted me about this boy in Argentina he wanted to sign. It was Diego. Harry had great contacts and friendships in South America. He was the most amiable individual and got to know the family but the deal didn't happen and in the end he signed a good player called Alex Sabella.
"It was through Harry that I made a move to bring Diego to Arsenal. I knew it was a long shot but it was worth exploring.
"We never had a face to face meeting about the transfer but in the background we were trying to put a deal together to try and get Diego over before everyone else started sniffing around.
"One of the big things that negated it in the end was had we been able to get him to London, we would have had to have bought a hotel for Diego and all his relatives and hangers on.
"It wouldn't have been putting a world class player in a rented house in leafy Hertfordshire or something like that, we'd have had to buy a hotel because there were so many others who would have been coming with him! From an early age, he always had an entourage and hangers on.
"When I covered the World Cup in Mexico in 1986 for Fifa, Argentina were in the group that I was doing reports on so I had full access to their training camp.
"Diego called me 'Mr Terry' and when I saw him in Mexico he would say to me 'Mr Terry, I should have come to you'. He would be smiling when he said it so I'm not sure he was being serious and I would say to him 'I couldn't afford you and everyone that was going to come with you'. We used to have a laugh and a giggle about it.
"I met him on many occasions but I would never say we were close friends. We enjoyed banter back and forth and he could give it out but the people I feel he felt closest to were his team-mates.
"In that training camp in Mexico, that's where you saw the real Diego.
"He was happiest there on the field with his team-mates and the coaching staff, joking and fooling around and producing football that made you smile. Off the field, though, he could be a lost boy."
Following the World Cup and with Maradona a hero at Napoli, Neill embarked on an unforgettable trip.
"At the time Jon Smith was the top agent, a good friend and a great man and wanted to set up commercial deals with Diego in England and around Europe so the pair of us went out to Naples on a private jet to bring Diego over to London," says Neill.
"We were in contact with his then agent Jorge Horacio Cyterszpiler and we knew Diego had two days off.
"I borrowed a private jet from a great mate, Terry Ramsden, who was the owner of Walsall, and we arranged that we would collect Diego, that he would be a guest at an England game at Wembley and we would put him up in the best hotel which happened to be the Dorchester. It was Diego Maradona, don't forget. You didn't put him just anywhere!
"We went to his villa to collect Diego in a limo and there was a big crowd outside his gates including that day African chiefs in their robes. It was a daily occurrence that the streets outside his home were packed.
"We took him over to Stansted, got to the Dorchester and then picked him up for the match. We had invited Terry Ramsden and he and a few mates joined us in VIP seats at Wembley and after the game we went to Tramps nightclub.
"Everyone was drinking champagne and enjoying themselves except me because I was responsible for getting Diego back to his hotel and on the flight the next morning. Diego was definitely having a good time. Everyone recognised him and let's just say he was a happy boy with all the attention.
"I was very sad when I heard the news about his death. He was something else. Unforgettable. That was Diego."