Tributes are pouring in for legendary footballer Diego Maradona, who has died at the age of 60.
Former England star Gary Lineker, who famously played against Maradona in the World Cup quarter-final in 1986, described his opponent as “the best player of my generation and arguably the greatest of all time”.
Maradona’s infamous “hand of God” goal in that match led to Argentina progressing and ultimately winning the title, with the player widely credited as having hauled his team to victory.
Latest reaction live after Maradona dies aged 60
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
In a tweet paying tribute to the star, Lineker added: “After a blessed but troubled life, hopefully he’ll finally find some comfort in the hands of God. #RipDiego.”
Brazilian footballer Pele, often hailed alongside Maradona as one of the greats, said it was sad to “lose friends this way”.
“Certainly one day we’ll kick a ball together in the sky above,” he added.
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Another Brazilian footballing legend, Romario, wrote in an emotional tweet: “My friend is gone. Maradona, the legend!”
He said his friend “conquered the world” through his football but would also be remembered for his “joy and unique personality”.
Meu amigo se foi. Maradona, a lenda! O argentino que conquistou o mundo com a bola nos pés, mas também por sua alegria e personalidade única. Já disse algumas vezes, dos jogadores que vi em campo, ele foi o melhor. pic.twitter.com/Z9LOM7ZAVj
— Romário (@RomarioOnze) November 25, 2020
Italian club Napoli described its former star’s death as a “devastating blow”.
Maradona led the club to unprecedented success in the late 1980s and to this day is worshipped in the city.
Source : Sky News