By Beng Emmanuel
The Football fraternity across the globe have payed tributes to former Argentine skipper and football legend Diego Maradona who died last Wednesday at 60 after suffering from a cardiac arrest.
Regarded as the greatest player of all time, Diego Maradona was a supremely talented and immensely skilful player whose moments of absolute magic left fans across the world gladdened.
Fellow legend and Brazil three time world cup winner Pele said “ I have lost a dear friend and the world has lost a legend. One day I hope we will play football together in the sky.”
Liberia’s president George Weah-who remains till date the only African to have been voted FIFA World player of the year and Ballon D’or tweeted:
“We have lost a legend and an icon. This is a very sad day for the football world. On behave of the government of and people of Liberia and in my own name, I wish to extend deepest condolences to the family, the people of Argentina and all lovers of the beautiful game for the death of Diego Maradona.”
Barcelona and Argentina captain Lionel Messi wrote, “A very bad day for all Argentina and football. He leaves us but does not leave because Diego is Eternal. I take all the cute moments libed with him and wanted to take advantage to send condolences to all his family and friends. RIP.”
The President of the Sierra Leone football federation Isha Johansen in a tweet mentioned “Such an infectious character on and off the pitch. Thank you for bringing so much entertainment into our ‘beautiful game’.”
Former Chelsea and Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba hasn’t been indifferent. He equally tweeted “Rest in peace Diego Armando Maradona, my first ever football shirt, the man behind my love for football. Gracias El Pibe.”
Argentina’s president has said there will be three days of national mourning following the death of the legend. According to the BBC, his body will lie in state at the Casa Rosada, the seat of the Argentina government during that time.
GinaInforms gathered that the Napoli Stadium will be re-named in honour of Diego Maradona. Diego Maradona led Napoli to their only two Serie A titles and will forever be loved by the city.