Tributes pour in after Diego Maradona dies aged 60
Rest in Peace, Diego Maradona.
The footballing world is mourning. On Wednesday afternoon, it was confirmed that Diego Maradona had died from a cardiac arrest at the tender age of 60. The former Boca Juniors, Napoli and Barcelona star was an icon of the game and brought joy to millions around the world.
Tributes have been pouring in since the news broke, with his first and last club Boca Juniors tweeting: "Eternas Gracias. Eterno Diego."
Eternas gracias. Eterno Diego. pic.twitter.com/SZVNOJnZ1j
— Boca Juniors (@BocaJrsOficial) November 25, 2020
His former club Napoli wrote: "The world awaits our words but there are no words to describe the pain we're going through. Now is the time to grieve."
Asif Kapadia, who directed the iconic biopic of Maradona's life, wrote: "Can't quite believe DM has gone. Hard to process. He always seemed indestructible. I had 10 hours with the man! I touched his left foot. We did out best to show the world the man, the myth, the fighter he was. The greatest."
Cant quite believe DM has gone. Hard to process. He always seemed indestructible. I had 10 hours with the man!! I touched his left foot. We did our best to show the world the man, the myth, the fighter he was. The greatest #legend #DiegoMaradona @MaradonaMovie #Diego #maradona pic.twitter.com/4BSULN9rdt
— asifkapadia (@asifkapadia) November 25, 2020
Award winning football journalist Daniel Taylor wrote: "One of my first heroes and one of the big reasons why I fell in love with football." A sentiment echoed by so many.
One of my first heroes and one of the big reasons why I fell in love with football. https://t.co/e9mimB6Eml
— Daniel Taylor (@DTathletic) November 25, 2020
Gary Lineker, who played against Maradona for England, posted: "By some distance the best player of my generation and arguably the greatest of all time. After a blessed by troubled life, hopefully he'll finally find some comfort in the hands of God."
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
Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford simply put" Legendary," with a broken heart emoji. That Rashford is too young to have ever seen Maradona play live but is still so affected by his passing demonstrates the lasting legacy on the game.
Legendary 💔 pic.twitter.com/BRd5oAXV9S
— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) November 25, 2020
A number of Premier League clubs have also paid tribute:
Football has lost one of its greatest icons.
Rest in peace, Diego Maradona. pic.twitter.com/uGIinhLDgf
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 25, 2020
A true great of the game.
Rest in peace, Diego Maradona. pic.twitter.com/jImGjnjhUl
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 25, 2020
We're joining the footballing world in saying farewell to one of the absolute greats.
RIP Diego Maradona 💙 pic.twitter.com/n16SGF3KXn
— Manchester City (@ManCity) November 25, 2020
One of the very best to grace our game.
RIP Diego Maradona. pic.twitter.com/aucbDkZbML
— Everton (@Everton) November 25, 2020