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Tributes pour in for Diego Maradona after football legend's death

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25th November, 2020
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The football world is in mourning following the passing of Argentinian legend Diego Maradona.

The 60-year-old passed away after suffering a heart attack in the early hours of Thursday (Australian time), and tributes quickly poured in for a man who was one of the greatest to ever play the beautiful game, if not the greatest.

Pele, who is considered by so many to be Maradona’s main rival to the title of greatest of all time, took to Twitter after the news.

“Sad news to lose a friend like that. May God give enough strength to his family. For sure, one day we will kick a ball together in heaven.”

Meanwhile in Naples, where Maradona guided Napoli to their only two Serie A titles in 1987 and 1990, fans took to the streets to pay their respects to their idol, and mayor Luigi De Magistris has proposed renaming the club’s stadium after the Argentinian maestro.

“Maradona is Napoli. The passion for him here is known to everyone,” De Magistris said. “Maradona united Neapolitans all over the world – as well as fans of other squads.

“Today all Neapolitans embrace his family, with the awareness that this embrace will never end, because it was real love. A great love.”

Argentina’s president has declared three days of national mourning for Maradona.

Lionel Messi, dubbed as Maradona’s heir on the football pitch, said, “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.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo also paid tribute, saying “Today I bid farewell to a friend and the world farewells to an eternal genius. One of the best ever, an unmatched magician. Leaves too soon but leaves a boundless legacy and a void that will never be filled. RIP. You will never be forgotten.”

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