Football legend and one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, Diego Maradona passed away due to cardiac arrest on Wednesday, aged 60 with the Argentinian just recently recovering from after undergoing a successful brain surgery earlier in the month.
Maradona who led Argentina single handedly to the 1986 World Cup title, achieved god-like status at Naples when he took the then struggling Napoli side to achieve the impossible by winning two Serie A titles and one UEFA Cup.
A number of footballing legends took to social media to pay tribute to the great and here we take a look at the 10 best quotes on the legend over time.
“When Diego scored that second goal against us, I felt like applauding. I’d never felt like that before, but it’s true… and not just because it was such an important game. It was impossible to score such a beautiful goal. He’s the greatest player of all time, by a long way. A genuine phenomenon." - Gary Lineker
“The best of the lot, no question. In my generation, my era, he was simply the best. I saw Maradona do things that God himself would doubt were possible. He always had someone marking him, he always had someone hanging on to him, and yet he could still always conjure up wonderful pieces of magic. A genius.” - Zico
“The best player I’ve ever played against, miles ahead of anyone else. As you saw in the World Cup quarter-final in 1986, I just couldn’t get near him – all I ever saw was his number 10! He had a low centre of gravity that shielded the ball, he had strength, pace and his passing was excellent. He also had a great leap for such a small man, as he showed with his Hand of God goal!” - Terry Butcher
“Maradona will always be the greatest.” - Eric Cantona
“In Argentine football there is a before and an after Maradona.” - Julio Grondona, Former President of Argentina FA.
“The best player I’ve seen in my life. He did things that didn’t seem humanly possible. When he was on top of his game, and even without training that much he was always in form, he was simply impossible to control. He decided matches alone, carrying average teams like Napoli, and Argentina in 1986, to glorious achievements. A genius.” - Marcel Desailly
”Even if I played for a million years, I’d never come close to Maradona. Not that I’d want to anyway. He’s the greatest there’s ever been.” - Lionel Messi
“What Zidane could do with a ball, Maradona could do with an ORANGE.” - Michel Platini
“The best player there has ever been, better than Pele. I watched him closely in Italy every week and he was at a different level to everyone else. Some of the things he did were unbelievable. He could control the ball without looking, which meant if the pass was on, he would take it.” - Ruud Gullit
“For Maradona to win a World Cup on his own, and let’s face it, that’s what he did as the rest of the team were ordinary, was an amazing achievement. He was the best player I’ve seen.” - Glenn Hoddle