Diego Maradona dies: How social media reacted
One of the greatest footballers of all time, Maradona passed away at age 60 after suffering a heart attack in Tigre, Argentina.
Argentina soccer legend Diego Maradona died Wednesday after battling health issues the past few weeks. He was 60.
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Among his four World Cup appearances, he led Argentina to the title in 1986, including scoring both goals in their 2-1 quarterfinal victory against England. The first was the notorious “Hand of God” goal, scored despite an uncalled handing penalty; the second was after a 66-yard dribble past five England players.
In his book, Diego Maradona said of the former play, “Now I can say what I couldn’t at that moment, what I defined at that time as ‘The Hand of God’. What a hand of God, it was the hand of Diego!”
Maradona was an international icon, who played professionally for Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli and Sevilla, among others.
Diego Maradona dies: Here’s how the sports world reacted to news of his death:
Per Sempre 💙
Ciao Diego pic.twitter.com/LzppqlBqLV
— Official SSC Napoli (@sscnapoli) November 25, 2020
Thank you for everything, Diego pic.twitter.com/bJ9l3ixY7A
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 25, 2020
Pele’s tweet translation: “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.”
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
Lionel Messi’s tribute: “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.”
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From Cristiano Ronaldo: “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.”
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
Neymar also posted on Instagram: “RIP LEGEND!” Followed in Portuguese by this: “You will always be in our memories, you left your legacy. FOOTBALL thanks you. Rest in peace legend.”
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Sergio Aguero, Argentina’s striker, was married to Maradona’s youngest daughter at one time. He said:
“We are never going to forget you. You will always be with us.#GraciasDiego RIP.”
— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) November 25, 2020
Argentina’s president, Alberto Fernandez, also commented on Diego Maradona’s passing: “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 life.”
Nos llevaste a lo más alto del mundo. Nos hiciste inmensamente felices. Fuiste el más grande de todos.
Gracias por haber existido, Diego. Te vamos a extrañar toda la vida. pic.twitter.com/pAf38sRlGC
— Alberto Fernández (@alferdez) November 25, 2020
The official account for the Argentina FA also had this to share: “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.”
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.
Siempre estarás en nuestros corazones 💙 pic.twitter.com/xh6DdfCFed
— AFA (@afa) November 25, 2020
RIP Football legend Diego Maradona 🙏
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— Queen (@QueenWillRock) November 25, 2020
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Hasta siempre, Diego. pic.twitter.com/IDrvng1CSq
— River Plate (@RiverPlate) 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
In a neat nod to an iconic viral video from Diego Maradona’s time at Napoli, Ajax defender (and Argentina international) Nicolas Tagliafico, tried his best to emulate it right down to the pre-match hops and the choice of music…
— AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) November 25, 2020
A true great of the game.
Rest in peace, Diego Maradona. pic.twitter.com/jImGjnjhUl
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 25, 2020
— Villarreal CF English (@Eng_Villarreal) November 25, 2020
Football has lost one of its greatest icons.
Rest in peace, Diego Maradona. pic.twitter.com/uGIinhLDgf
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 25, 2020
Privileged to have met him. Very sad news. RIP Diego Maradona. pic.twitter.com/x2LcIeQPqr
— Harry Kane (@HKane) November 25, 2020
Rest in peace, Legend. 🙏
Diego Maradona. 🖤 pic.twitter.com/Ftw1h1TNuc
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) November 25, 2020
From Mexico star, Rafa Marquez: “Sad news for all of us who love this beautiful sport (Soccer), rest in peace Legend, Diego Armando Maradona.”
A legend amongst legends.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) November 25, 2020
Other reactions from around the world
– Franco Baresi, Milan (1977-97) and Italy (1982-94) defender, who played against Maradona several times at the club and international level: “I am devastated. It has been an honour to have you as an adversary. You had a big heart, you will continue to make magic and joy and emotions always.”
– Paolo Dal Pino, president of Serie A: “It is a very sad day for the football world. Today, a legend of our sport has left us. One who made us dream and excited fans across the planet. For the next set of fixtures, we will remember him with a ‘special initiative.”
– Official statement from Napoli, where he won two Serie A titles: “Everyone is waiting for words from us. But what words could be possible use for pain as strong as that we are currently experiencing? Now is the time for tears. Later, it will be words.”
The world awaits our words but there are no words to describe the pain we’re going through. Now is the time to grieve.
Diego 💙 pic.twitter.com/40TTOIDNQ4
— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) November 25, 2020