Tributes Pour in From Around the World as Football Great Diego Maradona Passes Away Aged 60

Nov 26, 2020, 4:00 AM GMT+5:30
Diego Maradona
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Football great Diego Maradona has passed away aged 60, according to reports in Argentina.

The legendary footballer reportedly suffered from cardiac arrest in hospital.

Maradona had undergone a successful brain surgery for a blood clot earlier this month, and was reported to be recovering at home after being discharged.

The Argentine is considered to be among the greatest players in the history of the sport, and many even consider him to be the greatest of all time.

Maradona won the FIFA World Cup with Argentina in 1986. He captained the South American nation in the tournament and was majestic throughout. It was also during this tournament that he scored the infamous 'Hand of God' goal against England in the quarter-final.

He also scored another goal - a majestic one - in that same game against England, which was later voted by FIFA as the greatest goal in the history of the World Cup.

At club level, he has played for Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Napoli, FC Barcelona, Sevilla and Newell's Old Boys.

The sad news has come as a shock, and tributes have been pouring in from across the world since.

"He leaves us but he isn't going anywhere, because Diego is eternal."

Lionel Messi

"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," paying his tribute to the footballing great."

Cristiano Ronaldo

"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."

Ronaldinho

"What a sad day for us football lovers. Our sport loses one of its biggest idols. I lose a great friend, whose talent has inspired me since I was a kid. Dismayed by his departure, but grateful for the encounter of my history with his, in life. El Pibe, your legacy is eternal. Your magic on the field will never be forgotten. Rest in peace, my friend. May God comfort the whole family, friends and generations of fans around the world."

Ronaldo Nazario

"Diego Armando Maradona, the Fluff, the Ten, the Hand of God, the Pibe de Oro ... football. Thanks Diego. DEP Maradona."

Sergio Ramos

Everyone at 90min India salute the legend that Maradona was. Rest in peace LEGEND!

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