Diego Maradona, world champion with the Argentina team in 1986, died at the age of 60, his spokesperson announced on Wednesday, November 25. The former footballer had just had an operation for a bruise on his head. Under the colours of the national team for 17 years (1977-1994), the legendary number 10 scored 50 goals in 115 matches and offered his country the second World Cup in its history in 1986. The world of football pays tribute to the Argentinian star.
Pelé: “I hope that one day we can play together in heaven”
Pelé, Maradona’s great rival in the hearts of football fans and legend of world sport, paid tribute to Maradona. “I have lost a great friend and the world has lost a legend. There are many other things to say but for now, may God give strength to his family. One day, I hope that we can play football together in heaven “, he wrote in a social media post.
Michel Platini: “A star for eternity”
“Diego Maradona will remain in the hearts of Neapolitans, in the hearts of Argentines, and in the hearts of players and football fans around the world like a star, and for eternity”, said Michel Platini, the former number 10 of the Blues and Juventus in a press release.
Zinédine Zidane: “It touches us deeply”
Diego Maradona’s death is “a huge loss for the world in general, and for the world of football”, moved the French world champion Zinédine Zidane, at the microphone of the Spanish channel Movistar + after Madrid’s 2-0 victory on the field of Inter Milan in the Champions League. The Real Madrid coach said he was “deeply” touched by his disappearance. “I engraved in my head his World Cup-1986. It touches us deeply, we are sorry, especially for his family. I have no words. We are very sad about this news.”
Cristiano Ronaldo: “One of the best ever “
Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo hails “an eternal genius” on his Instagram account: “Today I say goodbye to a friend and the world says goodbye to an eternal genius. One of the best ever. A magician like no other. He leaves too early but leaves a limitless legacy and a void which will never be fulfilled. “
Leo Messi: “Diego is eternal”
“He leaves us but does not leave, because Diego is eternal, Argentina’s Leo Messi wrote on his Instagram account. A very sad day for all Argentines and for football. “
Kylian Mbappé: “Thank you for all the pleasure you have given”
A “legend” is dead, but “You will forever be in the history of football. Thank you for all the fun you have given the whole world”, wrote on Twitter the star of PSG, Kylian Mbappé, who wrote his message in English. “Ouch ouch ouch P * TAIN OF 2020”.
Gary Lineker: “The best player of all time”
Former England footballer Gary Lineker paid tribute on Twitter to Diego Maradona. It was “by far the best player of my generation and arguably the best of all time”, he writes. Gary Lineker was on the pitch in the 1986 World Cup quarter-finals when Maradona scored his christened goal “God’s hand”, which gave victory to Argentina. “After a blessed but troubled life, I wish he finally found some comfort in the hands of God”, reacted the former opponent of the Argentine legend.
Basil Boli: “god is dead”
“God is dead … football must be written differently … Maradona thank you”, wrote on Twitter the former French footballer Basile Boli. He played for Olympique de Marseille in 1989 when the recruitment of Diego Maradona by the Marseille club was being considered.
Franco Baresi: “My heart is bleeding, it was an honor to face you”
“My heart is bleeding, it was an honour to face you”, reacts on Twitter the former footballer and captain of AC Milan Franco Baresi, after the announcement of the death of Diego Maradona, legend of Argentine football at the age of 60 years. “You had such a big heart. You will continue to do magic and deliver emotions forever”, writes his former adversary, who had said of Maradona that he was “the best player” that he’s never played against.
Bernard Lacombe: “One of the best football players in the world”
Bernard Lacombe greets on franceinfo “a legend, one of the best football players in the world, really apart”. “For me, he was a genius”, declares the former international of the France team and current manager of Olympique Lyonnais. “I played against him during a tournament in Bordeaux (in 1983), he had been magical with FC Barcelona.” At the time, “with Alain Giresse, Marius Trésor, and René Girard, we often went to see him play in San Sebastian with Barça. They were impressive afternoons because the Basques were quite tough and Diego was doing things out of everything.”
Noël Le Graët (FFF): “A genius”
It was “a genius, quite frankly, at the level of the class, of the ball. It is what is done best”, a declared on franceinfo Noël Le Graët, the president of the French Football Federation. He recognizes her as “an exemplary career”. “Diego Maradona was a handsome boy to watch and did some really exceptional things on the pitch.” For the president of the FFF, “he is exemplary in controlling the ball, he has done things that no one else has achieved through dribbling, goals, passes. He is an extremely intelligent player”. He pays homage to his “technical quality, his good vision of the game, the desire for a goal and his exceptional dribbling”.
Philippe Bergeroo: “This atypical player” was “above everyone”
“This atypical player was above everyone “, reacts on franceinfo, Philippe Bergeroo, a former goalkeeper in Toulouse in the 80s. He had notably faced Maradona’s Naples in the European Cup, and Toulouse had eliminated the Italian team. “It’s an exceptional reward” to have been able to play against Diego Maradonna, he said.
Manuel Amoros: “We were completely in love with Maradona”
“We were completely in love with Maradona”, reacted on franceinfo Manuel Amoros, the former emblematic defender of OM. He remembered that they had “almost had him in Marseille”, who faced Maradona with the Blues in a friendly in 1986. “He had done us a lot of misery! When he wanted to play he was unstoppable!”
“Maradona was an amazing player, a player who could take you out in a small space”, the former defender recalled. And to add that Diego Maradona actually had two facets: “He is an extraordinary player and he is a player off the field who, unfortunately, by his escapades, has been put completely off-topic in relation to football.”
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