Diego Maradona has died aged 60 in Argentina with the football world in mourning as tributes pour in following the passing of one of the greatest players in history.
Tributes are pouring in from around the world of football after the tragic death of Diego Maradona.
The Argentina icon, best known for leading his country to victory in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, passed away aged 60 after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home.
Maradona, widely considered one of the greatest players of all-time, left a huge mark on the game.
And figures from around the world of football have been quick to pay tribute to the former Napoli and Barcelona star, who was manager of Argentinian club side Gimnasia.
It is understood UEFA will hold a minute’s silence at all of Wednesday night’s Champions League matches in Maradona’s memory.
Real Madrid – great rivals of one of Maradona’s former clubs, Barcelona – paid tribute to “one of the greatest players in all history”.
“Diego Armando Maradona leaves an immense legacy, which has become a myth for millions of fans around the world,” the club said in a statement.
Liverpool tweeted: “A true great of the game. Rest in peace, Diego Maradona.”
And Boca Juniors, where Maradona made his name before securing a then world-record transfer to Barcelona, tweeted: “Eternal thanks. Eternal Diego.”
Stay tuned for live updates as further news and tributes pour in for the iconic Diego Maradona from across the world.
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Paying tribute to Maradona, Bryan Robson said: “What a player he was – undoubtedly the best of his era and up there with the likes of Pele among the greatest ever.
“He won the 1986 World Cup for Argentina more or less on his own. The football he played and the goals he scored in that tournament were unbelievable.
“He went past five players to score against England in the quarter-final and then did exactly the same against Belgium in the semi-final.
“He was a real character too. I played with him in quite a few charity games and he was a great person to be around.
“Of course, we met in 1984 as well. It was a great evening for us and people still talk about it 36 years later.
“To come back from 2-0 down against Barcelona is a great result at any time, but to do it against a team containing Maradona and Bernd Schuster made it even more special.
“It’s a sad day for football but he leaves us with some fantastic memories.”
– The FA release statement
Mark Bullingham, chief executive of the Football Association, said: “On behalf of the Football Association, our deepest condolences go to Diego Maradona’s family and friends, the Argentine Football Association and the Argentinian people – as well as all the clubs he served.
“Undoubtedly one of the finest footballers to ever play the game, his remarkable achievements on the global stage will never be forgotten. It is important today that we celebrate his football genius and mourn his passing at the age of just 60.”