Remembering soccer legend Diego Maradona

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World soccer great Diego Maradona died on Wednesday from a heart attack, less than a month after his 60th birthday.

He died at home in the suburbs of Buenos Aires in Argentina.

Maradona was a rags-to-riches story. He grew up in the slum of Buenos Aires, and rose to stardom, leading Argentina to World Cup victory in 1986.

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Around the world, and in Africa, many named their children after him. Many adopted his name. He was one of the most recognizable faces in the 40 years.

Many having been remembering him from soccer stars to president.

Below is a bit of what others said about him.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino:

“Today is an unbelievably sad day. Our Diego left us. Our hearts – of all of us who loved him for how he was, and for what he represented – have stopped beating for a moment. Our silence, our tears, our pain is the only thing we are feeling deep inside us at this time.

“I always said it and I can just repeat it now, more convinced than ever: What Diego has done for football, for making all of us fall in love with this beautiful game, is unique. It is, as he is, simply immense… Diego deserves our eternal gratitude for that, for having amazed us with his incredible talent and yes, for having been so unique: for having been Diego Armando Maradona, a legend, a hero, and… a man.

“Diego may be eternal now, but for forever, Diego will also have a most prominent place in the incredible story of all football fairy tales. Our deepest sympathy goes to his family and friends at this difficult time. Rest in peace, dear Diego. We love you.”

Argentina and Barcelona player Lionel Messi:

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“A very sad day for all Argentines and for football. He leaves us but does not leave, because Diego is eternal. “I keep all the beautiful moments lived with him and I send my condolences to all his family and friends. RIP.”

Legendary Brazilian player Pele

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

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

Los Angelos Lakers legend Magic Johnson

“The world lost one of the greatest soccer players that ever lived Diego Maradona. It was one of the thrills of my life when I got to meet him. Rest In Peace my friend and my prayers go out to his family.”

Portugal and Juventus player Cristiano Ronaldo

“Today I say goodbye to a friend and the world says goodbye to an eternal genius. One of the best ever. An unrivaled magician. He departs too soon, but leaves a legacy with no limits and an emptiness that will never be filled.”

Former England striker Gary Lineker

“Reports from Argentina that Diego Armando Maradona has died. 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.”

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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