The former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has also paid tribute on Twitter: “Diego Armando Maradona was a football giant, from Argentina and all over the world, a talent and a unique personality. His genius and passion on the pitch, his intensity in life and his commitment to Latin American sovereignty marked our time. On the pitch, he was one of the greatest opponents, perhaps the greatest, that the Brazilian team has faced. Outside of sporting rivalry, he was a great friend of Brazil. I can only thank you for your solidarity with the people’s fight and with the Brazilian people. Maradona will never be forgotten.”
Cristiano Ronaldo has paid social media tribute.
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.
The filmmaker Asif Kapadia made an excellent documentary on the subject of Maradona’s years in Naples.
And Napoli have paid social media tribute too.
Maradona had two unhappy years at Barcelona from 1982 to 1984.
Maradona’s teammate at the 1982 World Cup, Mario Kempes, was the player who inspired Argentina to the 1978 World Cup, which a teenage Maradona was disappointed to have missed out on.
Diego Armando Maradona has left us the day of Argentine soccer, and through this medium I want to send my most heartfelt words of condolences to all his family and friends. Fly high Diego, RIP.
In England, Gary Lineker has led the tributes. He and Maradona are inextricably linked by that game at the 1986 World Cup.
A bulkier, mulleted Maradona graced Sevilla for only a short time during the 1992-93 season.