Tributes poured in on the demise of the Argentine footballing legend Diego Maradona. The tragic death of the 1986 World Cup winner left everyone shocked. He was 60 after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home in Buenos Aires.
Former football players and figures from around the world have been quick to pay tribute to the former Napoli and Barcelona star, who was currently manager of Argentinian club side Gimnasia.
Argentine football association tweeted, "The Argentine Football Association, through its President Claudio Tapia, expresses its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend, Diego Armando Maradona. You will always be in our hearts."
La AsociaciÃ³n del FÃºtbol Argentino, a travÃ©s de su Presidente Claudio Tapia, manifiesta su mÃ¡s profundo dolor por el fallecimiento de nuestra leyenda, Diego Armando Maradona.
Siempre estarÃ¡s en nuestros corazones 💙 pic.twitter.com/xh6DdfCFed
" AFA (@afa) November 25, 2020
Former Brazilian great Romario also expressed his sadness. He tweeted, "My friend is gone. Maradona, the legend! The Argentine who conquered the world with the ball at his feet, but also for his joy and unique personality. I have already said a few times, of the players I saw on the pitch, he was the best."
"His passage around the world brought a lot of happiness to his country and delighted us all. I will never forget the laughs we had together. Certainly, he was never an opponent. He called me Chapolin and treated me like a brother."
"A boy, gone too soon. My hug to the Argentines, to the family. What a sadness, go with God, brother!"
Um menino, que se foi cedo demais. Meu abraÃ§o aos argentinos, Ã famÃlia. Que tristeza, vai com Deus, hermano!
" RomÃ¡rio (@RomarioOnze) November 25, 2020
Para terminar este 2020 de mierda, la peor noticia de todas. MuriÃ³ EL FÃTBOL. QEPD Diego Maradona pic.twitter.com/M5wbJ2wSvh
" Mauro Boselli (@mauroboselli) November 25, 2020
DÃa muy triste para los q amamos el fÃºtbol,No existirÃ¡ otro jugador como tÃº Maradona. Buen Viaje Dios !🙏🏻 DEP ¤ï¸ pic.twitter.com/wyfeyH9zv0
" JOSE MARIA GUTIERREZ (@GUTY14HAZ) November 25, 2020
RIP Diego Maradona ¤ï¸ 😢 2020 continues to suck!!
" Craig Forrest (@craigforrest1) November 25, 2020
Argentina president Alberto Fernandez has declared that there will be three days of national mourning.
Mon idole est dÃ©cÃ©dÃ©e, RIP Diego Armando Maradona, my first ever football shirt, the man behind my love for football Gracias El Pibe 💔 🇦🇷 🇦🇷 🇦🇷 🇦🇷 🇦🇷 pic.twitter.com/Xns3Z72pxt
" Didier Drogba (@didierdrogba) November 25, 2020
Gimnasia, the club Maradona was managing, changed their club logo on Twitter in tribute.
Reports from Argentina that Diego Armando Maradona has died. By some distance the best player of my generation and arguably the greatest of all time. After a blessed but troubled life, hopefully he'll finally find some comfort in the hands of God. #RipDiego
" Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 25, 2020
Brazilian great Pele, who was compared with Maradona for the G.O.A.T. debate, paid his tribute, admitting he is sad to "lose friends this way". He added: "Certainly one day we'll kick a ball together in the sky above."