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RIP Michael Robinson: reactions and tributes from the world of football

RIP Michael Robinson: reactions and tributes from the world of football

RIP Michael Robinson: reactions and tributes from the world of football

Fernando Torres (Liverpool and Spain)

Sammy Lee: “Michael Robinson was just such a big personality”

RIP Michael Robinson

Sammy Lee: “Michael Robinson was just such a big personality”

Sammy Lee played with Michael Robinson at Liverpool and in Spain at Osasuna. We spoke to him about today's tragic loss to the world of football. 

Andés Iniesta (Barcelona and Spain)

Rest in peace, Michael, What mornings, afternoons and nights we spent with you... We'll miss you.

Xabi Alonso (Liverpool and Spain)

Quique Setién (Barça)

"Goodbye Michael. We will miss your accent and your pauses, your commentaries and emotions, and that kind character with which you always showed yourself. You leave a great void to all of us who appreciate and feel football like you."


Iker Casillas (Spain)

"Goodbye my friend, it was a pleasure to share so many moments with you. You leave your mark behind. A big hug to your family."

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid and Spain)

Pedro Sánchez (Spain's President)

"He accompanied us through thousands of afternoons of football and told us incredible stories, he showed us life beyond sport. Thank you, Michael Robinson. We will miss you."

Pau Gasol (basketball)

"Thanks for everything Michael... Rest in peace"


Real Betis

Spanish Football Federation

"Champion of Europe, successful commentator, presenter of legendary television programmes and, above all, a beloved and respected personality by the RFEF and the entire family of our sport. RIP Michael Robinson"



Ian Rush (Liverpool)


Memorable goal

Bruce Grobbelaar (Liverpool)

Josep Pedrelol (presenter)

"Thanks for so many moments, Michael. Thank you for so many chats, so much advice, so much laughter and some tears. We were very happy together on your 'Día Después'.

"The smile of sport has left us. Rest in peace, friend."

Gary Lineker

Jamie Carragher (Liverpool)

Sir Kenny Dalglish

Jordi Évole (broadcaster)

"When I was little he was on the football stickers in the Osasuna shirt. As a teenager, I didn't miss 'El día después'. He taught us to tell sports stories with soul in "The Robinson Report". And philosophy of life in 'La Ventana'. Michael Robinson is going to be sorely missed."

Robinson singing YNWA

Barça President

Red love


Semra Hunter (broadcaster)

Beautiful words

His own brand of talking football

'Iconic and inspirational'

Sevilla FC

Fan adoration

A reminder of his play

Peter Moore (CEO at Liverpool FC)

Robinson's last game with the mic at Anfield

Athletic Club

Luis Garcia (Liverpool and Spain)

Simon Manley (former British Ambassador to Spain and Andorra)

Preston North End FC

Brighton & Hove Albion FC

Graeme Souness (Liverpool)

Atlético Madrid

Mark Lawrenson (Liverpool)

Republic of Ireland



Manchester City

Liverpool Football Club

Sad news confirmed on Twitter

'With tremendous sadness we inform you of Michael's death. He leaves us with a great emptiness, but also countless memories, full of the same love that you have shown him. We will be eternally grateful to you for making this man SO HAPPY, he never walked alone. Thank you"

Reactions and tributes

Michael touched so many aspects of the footballing world, most prominently in the UK and Spain. The tributes on the back of the morning's sad news flooded in and we aim to capture as many of them as possible.

Michael Robinson: rest in peace

Former footballer and TV commentator Michael Robinson passed away on Tuesday, aged 61 after a long illness. He had been battling skin cancer since December 2018. Despite battling with the illness, which he knew was terminal from the moment he was diagnosed, Robinson continued working as a in his job as a football commenter and pundit for Movistar+ and with Cadena SER almost right up until the end.