January 26, 2021

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THE EXIT OF A FOOTBALL LEGEND: MARADONA PASSES ON AT 60

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The World of football woke up to the passing of one of its best. Diego Armando Maradona died on 25 November 2020. The Argentine professional football player and manager was widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time alongside Brazilian Legend Pele.

His international career with Argentina saw him earning 91 caps and scoring 34 goals. Maradona played in four FIFA World Cups, including the 1986 World Cup in Mexico where he captained Argentina and led them to victory over West Germany in the final, and won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player.

He is best remembered for his performance in the 1986 World Cup quarter final, were he scored both goals in a 2–1 victory over England. His first goal was an unpenalized handling foul which became infamous as the “Hand of God”, while his second goal which followed a 60 m dribble past five England players, was voted “Goal of the Century” by FIFA.com voters in 2002.

Maradona moved on to coach the Argentina’s national football team in November 2008. He was the coach of Argentine Primera División club Gimnasia de La Plata from 2019 until his death in 2020. Maradona died of a heart attack at his home in Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina after a successful surgery which he had few days to his death. President Alberto Fernández announced three days of national mourning.

Tributes around the world from both present and past sporting legends have continued to pour since the death of the legend was annouced.

“A very sad day for all Argentinians and for football. He leaves us, but he is not gone because Diego is eternal. I stay with all the beautiful moments I lived with him and I wanted to send my condolences to his family and friends.” — Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.

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“Sad news today. I have lost a dear friend, and the world has lost a legend. There is much more to say, but for now may God give his family strength. One day, I hope, we will play soccer together in the sky.” — Brazil legend Pele.

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Portugal and Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo. Cristiano Ronaldo posted an old picture of himself with Maradona on his Instagram account while writing: “Today I say goodbye to a friend and the world says goodbye to an eternal genius. One of the best ever. An unrivaled magician. He departs too soon, but leaves a legacy with no limits and an emptiness that will never be filled. Rest in peace, ace. You will never be forgotten.”

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“You will always be in our memory, you left your legacy. Soccer thanks you.” — Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar wrote.

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“My friend is gone. Maradona, the legend! The Argentine that conquered the world with the ball at his feet, but also for his joy and unique personality. I said it sometimes, out of the players I have seen on the pitch he was the best.” — former Brazil forward Romario.

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“I’m proud to have been able to experience him up close on the pitch. Diego Maradona won everything there is to win, as well as the hearts of everyone who loves the beauty of football.” — former West Germany forward Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

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“He had everything technically: Left foot, control, shooting, and he was also very lively. To avoid the assassins (on the field) in the 1970s and 80s you were better off being very, very lively, and he was a dribbler, too. He would dribble, dribble, dribble.— former France great Michel Platini.

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“What Diego has done for football, for making all of us fall in love with this beautiful game, is unique. It is, as he is, simply immense. Diego deserves our eternal gratitude for that, for having amazed us with his incredible talent and yes, for having been so unique: for having been Diego Armando Maradona, a legend, a hero, and a man. Diego may be eternal now, but for forever, Diego will also have a most prominent place in the incredible story of all football fairy tales.” — FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

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“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.” — Los Angeles Lakers great Magic Johnson.

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Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand posted a series of pictures of him with Maradona over the years, and wrote a heartfelt message saying: ‘My 1st football hero. Few people have impact over generations like this man did. The greatest, the best, the artist, the man…charismatic, a leader…A WINNER!”

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Gary Lineker, who played opposite him in the famous Hand of God incident and was on the receiving end of the ruling in maradona’s incredible solo goal in Argentina’s quarter-final victory over England in Mexico in 1986, tweeted: ‘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’.

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Former England and Liverpool striker Michael Owen added: ‘Quite simply – a player like no other. Rest In Peace Diego Maradona.’

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England captain Harry Kane tweeted a picture of when he met Maradona in the Tottenham dressing room in 2017, and wrote: ‘Privileged to have met him. Very sad news. RIP Diego Maradona.’

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Jose Mourinho, also paid tribute to the former manager in his Instagram account were he shared a picture of him on the bench with Maradona, and wrote: ‘Don Diego. F**k friend I miss you’.

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Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo wrote: ‘The god of football goes away… thanks for everything Diego.’

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The England national team, which were on the wrong end of Maradona’s infamous handball 34 years ago, also wrote on their Twitter account: ‘Unforgettable. Farewell, Diego. A legend of our game.’

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The AFA, tweeted: ‘The Argentine Football Association, through its president Claudio Tapia, expresses its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend, Diego Armando Maradona. You will always be in our hearts.’

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