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Football Players Latest Tributes and Reactions to Maradona’s Death

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The Argentinian football legend, Diego Armando Maradona, suffered a cardiac arrest two weeks after being released from hospital.

Diego Maradona died at the age of 60 after suffering a cardiac arrest. He has been widely regarded as one of the greatest players ever.

Maradona had recently battled health issues and underwent surgery for a blood clot on the brain earlier this month.

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He suffered a heart attack at his home in the outskirts of Buenos Aires. Argentine President Alberto Fernandez declared three days of national mourning following the death of Maradona.

Here are the latest tributes to one of football’s greatest players, Diego Maradona:

Maradona's glory days came when he captained Argentina to win the World Cup in 1986. The gifted footballer has been praised and remembered by a lot of footballers.

Pele

Retired Brazilian soccer star Pele was among those who mourned the Argentine player. He expressed his sorrow and said that that he has lost a friend.

Sharing the iconic photo of Maradona in an Argentina jersey holding up the World Cup, Pele wrote on Twitter that the world lost a legend.

“What sad news. I lost a great friend and the world lost a legend. There is still much to be said, but for now, may God give strength to family members. One day, I hope we can play ball together in the sky.”

Lionel Messi

Argentina's all-time top goalscorer Lionel Messi wrote on his Instagram:

“A very sad day for all Argentines and for football. He leaves us but does not leave, because Diego is eternal.

“I keep all the beautiful moments lived with him and I send my condolences to all his family and friends. RIP.”

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo tweeted in Portuguese alongside a picture of him and Maradona, “"Today I say goodbye to a friend and the world says goodbye to an eternal genius.

"One of the best ever. An unparalleled magician. He leaves too soon, but leaves a legacy without limits and a void that will never be filled. Rest in peace, ace. You will never be forgotten."

Napoli

Italian football club Napoli said on Wednesday the death of its former star Diego Armando Maradona was a “devastating blow” for both the city and the club.

“We are in mourning,” said club spokesman Nicola Lombardo. “We feel like a boxer who has been knocked out. We are in shock.”

Moreover, Napoli fans flocked to Diego Maradona's mural in Naples to remember their club's most iconic player.

Maradona played for Napoli between 1984 and 1991, helping the city win its first Serie A league title.

Neymar

Paris St-Germain and Brazil forward Neymar posted a photo of him as a youngster with Maradona, calling the Argentine a “legend of football”.

Neymar tweeted: “DON DIEGO MARADONA … Rest in peace! LEGEND of football.”

David Beckham

The former England captain, David Beckham, has paid tribute to Maradona, hailing him as a "pure genius".

“A sad day for Argentina and a sad day for football as we celebrate the greatness of what this man gave us… Someone that played with passion, spirit and was nothing less than a pure genius .. I was so excited to meet Diego and we will all miss him. Rest In Peace.”

Frank McGarvey

Former Scotland striker, Frank McGarvey recalled one of his fondest football memories.

McGarvey was on the opposing side when the 18-year-old Maradona scored his first-ever goal for Argentina, in a friendly at Hampden Park in 1979.

McGarvey said it was obvious Maradona was already on a different level from everyone else on the pitch.

“I was told to look out for this teenager, who was the real deal,” McGarvey told the Press Association on Wednesday. “He looked like a wee boy but he was unbelievable. He tore us to shreds. He had speed over five yards and then speed to get away from you.

“I remember chasing him. I was quick and he had the ball but he was running away from me and so I left him to David Narey and Paul Hegarty and went to mark someone else. He was too good for me. He was outstanding in every way.

“Messi and Ronaldo are great players but nowhere near Maradona, he is the greatest. It is a very sad day for me. He is the greatest player I will ever see.”

Sergio Aguero

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero tweeted a tribute to his former father-in-law after playing in City’s Champions League victory on Wednesday.

“We are never going to forget you,” he wrote. “You are always with us. GraciasDiego. RIP”

Aguero was once married to Maradona’s youngest daughter, Giannina. Both men enjoyed success with Argentina and scored 75 goals for their country between them. Aguero is also the father of Maradona’s first grandson, Benjamin.

Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp expressed his sorrow, explicitly mentioning Maradona’s flaws and his battle with them. He believes that both of them were part of what made him great.

“I’m 53 years old, my entire life, he was a part of it,” Klopp said before Liverpool’s Champions League match on Wednesday evening. “Diego was a sensational guy. Maradona had some struggles. I will miss both.”

Eric Cantona

Footballing genius, Eric Cantona, has also paid tribute to Maradona on Instagram.

“I will miss you Diego but for me you did not die. I don’t have the words to say how I feel...” wrote the former Manchester United star.

Tottenham boss, Jose Mourinho, posted an emotional tribute to Maradona via his Instagram page.

He posted five images of himself with the former player, each seemingly at a different point in his career.

He wrote, “Don Diego.... damn dude I miss you” with two heart emojis and a crying emoji.

Maradona visited Wembley Stadium during Spurs’ temporary residence there, before Mourinho came to the club.

Moreover, Guardiola told reporters, "First (I think about) Sergio. His son, Diego was his grandfather.

"There was a banner in Argentina which says, "It doesn't matter what you have done in your life, it matters what you have done in our lives." Imagine what Maradona would have done in our generation (of football).

"There are few incredible players in our history, he's one of them. He was someone who made this sport better.

"On behalf on Manchester City a big hug for all his family."

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After Real Madrid’s vital win over AC Milan at San Siro to keep their Champions League hopes alive, Zinedine Zidane told reporters:

“It's a huge loss for the world in general and for the world of football. Visions of the '86 World Cup are still fresh in my mind, I was 14 years old. He was unique. My idol was Francescoli but Maradona was a player that all of us loved.

He was amazing. I was lucky enough to be able to tell him that I thought he was a brilliant player. I am really sorry about it - especially for his family. I can't find the words to express how I feel about it. We are all very saddened by the news”.

Diego Simeone found it difficult to accept the news of Diego Maradona's death as he reflected on a difficult night for his Atletico Madrid side.

Simeone was in the Argentina squad with the Napoli legend at the 1994 World Cup, having also been a teammate of him at Sevilla in 1992-93.

"It's hard. When they call you on the phone and tell you that Diego passed away, you think, 'Diego cannot die'," Simeone told.

"A myth is leaving us, an Argentine who transmitted all his rebellion to fight with his positive and negative things, but always going forward. The way to get excited about playing soccer was by looking at him.

"He welcomed me in a spectacular way in Seville, I was young. The moment they tell you about this situation [Maradona dying] you say, 'It can't be, he can always come out.'

"This time he could not, but he will always be with us, especially with the Argentines, he is a myth and it gives us a lot of sadness and emptiness – it cannot be. A very strong hug for his closest family and a lot of pain."

Ronaldinho

Brazil legend, Ronaldinho, also reacted to the death of Argentina legend, Maradona.

Ronaldinho, who expressed sadness over the passing of Maradona, described the late football legend as “the wizard of wizards”.

He told that Maradona was his idol, someone who inspired him during his career.

Ronaldinho wrote in a series of tweets, “My feelings to the family and to everyone who loves this genius.

“My friend, my idol, my number 10, thank you for every moment in your company, whether at games or at a simple dinner.

“Our conversations have always been very special, and I will cherish all moments of joy on the field together, where I was there to admire you and pay tribute to your greatness.

“It inspired me during my career and when I met you and played that 5 football, it was one of the best nights of my life. I was with my idols in the field.

“Rest in peace, my idol, I love you … The wizard of wizards !!!Eternal.”

Maradona’s death triggered mourning around the world but nowhere was it felt more fiercely than in a country that saw him as a national hero.

Maradona's coffin - draped in Argentina's national flag and football shirt, bearing his trademark number 10 on the back - was on public display at the presidential palace.

Football legend Diego Maradona was buried in a private ceremony after a day of emotional scenes in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires.

Only a few relatives and close friends attended the funeral ceremony. But earlier huge crowds turned out to pay their tributes, with many weeping, blowing kisses, and praying as they filed past his coffin.

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source: SportMob
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