Manchester United players past and present have been reacting to the death of Diego Maradona, the Argentine hero who is considered one of the best football players of all time.
The Argentine Football Association confirmed on Wednesday that Maradona passed away at his home in Tigre just two weeks after undergoing successful surgery for a blood clot on his brain.
It’s reported that he suffered a heart attack and subsequently died at the age of 60. Maradona will forever be remembered in Argentina, after winning the World Cup with his country, and Naples where he took Napoli to their two league title triumphs.
The AFA paid tribute to Maradona on Twitter and said: “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.”
United have since posted a tribute on their official Twitter account, explaining: “Football has lost one of its greatest icons. Rest in peace, Diego Maradona.”
This follows on the back of tributes from players past and present including Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Diogo Dalot, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Antonio Valencia.
Rashford simply said ‘Legendary’ on his Twitter account with a picture of Maradona, while Lingard said: “A truly sad day for football. One of the greats has passed on. An inspiration for millions of people across generations around the world. A true icon!! RIP Legend.”
Dalot added: “We will always remember you! Your passion for this sport is as legendary as you are Rest in peace.”
Bryan Robson, who captained United against Maradona’s Barcelona in the 1984 European Cup Winners’ Cup, has also paid tribute.
He 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.”