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Maradona dies at 60: football world pays tribute to Argentina great

Major football figures such as Pelé, Gary Lineker, Cristiano Ronaldo have taken to social media to pay tribute to Maradona, who has died aged 60.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - JUNE 29: Diego Maradona of Argentina holds the World Cup trophy after defeating West Germany 3-2 during the 1986 FIFA World Cup Final match at the Azteca Stadium on June 29, 1986 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Archivo El Grafico/G
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Major football figures, clubs and institutions react to the sad news that Argentina legend Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60:

Gary Lineker: “By some distance the best player of my generation”

Pelé: “I have lost a great friend and the world has lost a legend”

“What sad news. I have lost a great friend and the world has lost a legend. There is still much to be said, but for now, may God give strength to his family members. One day, I hope we can play football together in the sky.”

Cristiano Ronaldo: “An unparalleled magician”

“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.”

Lionel Messi: “Diego is eternal”

"A sad day for all Argentinians and for football. He has passed away but he’ll never leave us, because Diego is eternal."

Iker Casillas: “A sad day for football”

“A sad day for football. Maradona has died. RIP you football genuis.”

Gerard Piqué: "Rest in peace, legend"

UEFA chief: "One of world football's greatest and most iconic figures"

Argentinian FA: “You will always be in our hearts”

“The Argentine Football Association, through its President Claudio Tapia, expresses its deepest sorrow over the death of our legend, Diego Armando Maradona. You will always be in our hearts.”

Argentinos Juniors: “Eternal Diego”

Boca Juniors: “Eternal thanks”

Barcelona: “Thank you for everything, Diego”

Napoli: “There are no words to describe the pain”

AC Milan: "An honour to have faced you"

Belgian FA: "An honour competing against you"


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