The football world as expected has reacted emotionally to the passing of 1986 World Cup winner Diego Armando Maradona.
Argentine legend, Diego Armando Maradona passed away at age 60 from a cardiac arrest. The ‘’hand of god’’ suffered a heart attack at home barely two weeks after leaving the hospital where had surgery to remove a clot in his brain.
Brazilian legend and friend, Pele wrote; 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’’
Messi, who’s magical football career has been likened to that of Maradona, has delivered his own tribute to the football icon.
“A very sad day for all Argentines and for football,” he wrote on Instagram.
“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”
Juventus Star Ronaldo Said: “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,” the Portugal and Juventus superstar wrote in his twitter handle.
“Rest in peace, ace. You will never be forgotten,” Ronaldo said.
Diego Maradona is regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time having helped Argentina win their last World Cup in 1986.
Throughout his life, he played for Boca Juniors, Sevilla, Napoli, and Catalonian giants Barcelona.
He got his ‘Hand of God’ name after scoring the goal that eliminated the English team from the 1986 tournament enabling Argentina to win the World Cup with his hand.