Former players, friends, rivals and admirers have taken to social media to pay tribute to Diego Maradona, who died at the age of 60 on Wednesday due to cardiac arrest, following brain surgery earlier in the month.
Que notícia triste. Eu perdi um grande amigo e o mundo perdeu uma lenda. Ainda há muito a ser dito, mas por agora, que Deus dê força para os familiares. Um dia, eu espero que possamos jogar bola juntos no céu. pic.twitter.com/6Li76HTikA— Pelé (@Pele) November 25, 2020
"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." - Pele
"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 wanted to take the opportunity to send my condolences to all his family and friends. RIP." - Lionel Messi
Hoje despeço-me de um amigo e o Mundo despede-se de um génio eterno. Um dos melhores de todos os tempos. Um mágico inigualável. Parte demasiado cedo, mas deixa um legado sem limites e um vazio que jamais será preenchido. Descansa em paz, craque. Nunca serás esquecido.🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/WTS21uxmdL— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) November 25, 2020
"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." - Cristiano Ronaldo
Nos llevaste a lo más alto del mundo. Nos hiciste inmensamente felices. Fuiste el más grande de todos.— Alberto Fernández (@alferdez) November 25, 2020
Gracias por haber existido, Diego. Te vamos a extrañar toda la vida. pic.twitter.com/pAf38sRlGC
"You took us to the top of the world. You made us immensely happy. You were the greatest of all. Thanks for having existed, Diego. We will miss you for a lifetime." - Argentina President, Alberto Fernandez
Jorge Valdano said it perfectly..."Beyond everything else,no football ever had a better experience than when it was #diegomaradona`s left foot."— Ray Hudson (@RayHudson) November 25, 2020
We will never see a greater footballer. Ever. Football cries for you 🇦🇷Diego.
La Asociación del Fútbol Argentino, a través de su Presidente Claudio Tapia, manifiesta su más profundo dolor por el fallecimiento de nuestra leyenda, Diego Armando Maradona.— AFA (@afa) November 25, 2020
Siempre estarás en nuestros corazones 💙 pic.twitter.com/xh6DdfCFed
FC Barcelona expresses its deepest condolences regarding the death of Diego Armando Maradona, a player for our club (1982-84) and an icon of world football. Rest in peace Diego— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 25, 2020
The world awaits our words but there are no words to describe the pain we're going through. Now is the time to grieve.— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) November 25, 2020
Diego 💙 pic.twitter.com/40TTOIDNQ4
A hero for an entire country and football itself.— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) November 25, 2020
One of the greatest players to have graced the game of football, and we were lucky enough to enjoy you at Sevilla FC.
Diego Armando Maradona, forever eternal.
Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/BXHNC51vxe
The football world mourns the passing of Diego Maradona, one of the all-time great champions.— Italy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@azzurri) November 25, 2020
Gravina: "His footballing genius was a work of art that will forever remain etched in history." pic.twitter.com/AQ10gyP98m
The world lost one of the greatest soccer players that ever lived Diego Maradona. It was one of the thrills of my life when I got to meet him. Rest In Peace my friend and my prayers go out to his family. 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/SgQvij7a72— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) November 25, 2020
Mon idole est décédée,— Didier Drogba (@didierdrogba) November 25, 2020
RIP Diego Armando Maradona, my first ever football shirt, the man behind my love for football
Gracias El Pibe 💔
🇦🇷 🇦🇷 🇦🇷 🇦🇷 🇦🇷 pic.twitter.com/Xns3Z72pxt
Hasta siempre, Diego. pic.twitter.com/IDrvng1CSq— River Plate (@RiverPlate) November 25, 2020
Eternas gracias. Eterno Diego. pic.twitter.com/SZVNOJnZ1j— Boca Jrs. Oficial (desde 🏡) (@BocaJrsOficial) November 25, 2020
The Hand of God, Maradona has left us. In 86 we both won our championships. They use to compare the two of us. He was one of my hero’s and a friend. I respected him so much. He will be greatly missed. pic.twitter.com/E5j6DSfJas— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) November 25, 2020
Unforgettable.— England (@England) November 25, 2020
Farewell, Diego. A legend of our game. pic.twitter.com/iIXGLEf7B1
You were always a genius. Today is a very sad day and a great loss.— Carlo Ancelotti (@MrAncelotti) November 25, 2020
But you my friend are eternal.
Rest In Peace pic.twitter.com/jeNxXzM6s9