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The world of football mourns ‘El Diego’

The world of football has been united in its sadness over the death, at the age of 60, of the Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona.

Here are the reactions of others in the football world.

BRAZIL FOOTBALL GREAT PELE

“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.”

ITALIAN SOCCER CLUB NAPOLI, WHERE MARADONA PLAYED FROM 1984-1991

“It is a devastating blow … We feel like a boxer who has been knocked out. We are in shock … Always in our hearts. Ciao Diego.”

JUVENTUS FORWARD CRISTIANO RONALDO

“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.”

FORMER ENGLAND STRIKER GARY LINEKER

“By some distance the best player of my generation and arguably the greatest of all time. After a blessed but troubled life, hopefully he’ll finally find some comfort in the hands of God. #RipDiego”

ARGENTINA’S FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

“Argentina’s football association, through its president Claudio Tapia, shares its deepest pain over the death of our legend, Diego Armando Maradona. You will always be in our hearts.”

BOCA JUNIORS FOOTBALL CLUB

“Eternal thanks. Eternal Diego.”

FORMER ARGENTINA TEAMMATE OSVALDO ARDILES

“Thank dear Dieguito for your friendship, for your football, sublime, without comparison. Simply, the best football player in the history of football. So many enjoyable moments together. Impossible to say which one was the best. RIP my dear friend.”

FORMER ARGENTINA PLAYER JAVIER MASCHERANO

“Eternal thanks Diego for everything you have given us. Rest in peace. You won it all.”

TOTTENHAM MANAGER JOSE MOURINHO

“Don Diego… damn dude I miss you.”

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