World Mourns As Football's Greatest, Diego Maradona, Bids Adieu Forever
Here is how the world reacted: Fans of Italian football club Napoli descended on streets in large numbers to pay tribute to their greatest player ever, who got them their 2 Serie A titles.
Leo Messi, widely considered as the best active player in the world alongside Ronaldo, said that this was a “very sad day for all Argentines and football”. “He has left us but he will never leave us because Diego is eternal. I will keep all the beautiful moments that I lived with him and would like to send my condolences to all his family and friends. RIP.”
In their 94-year history, Napoli have won the Serie A twice, and a European trophy (UEFA Cup) only once.— Stadium Astro (@stadiumastro) November 26, 2020
All three triumphs were during Diego Armando Maradona’s time in Naples.
He was one of their own. And the city wept in tribute of Diego, last night pic.twitter.com/2vi5n56jZJ
“Sad news today. I have lost a dear friend, and the world has lost a legend,” Brazilian football legend Pele wrote on Instagram. “There is much more to say, but for now may God give his family strength. One day, I hope, we will play soccer together in the sky.”
Calling Maradona an “unparalleled magician”, Portugal and Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo on Instagram said “Today I say goodbye to a friend and the world says goodbye to an eternal genius. One of the best of our times. An unparalleled magician. He leaves too early but leaves a legacy without limits and a void that will never be filled. Rest in peace. You will never be forgotten.”
"Diego Maradona....you made football even more beautiful. You will be sorely missed and may you entertain and enthral heaven as you did this world. RIP...." wrote Bollywood superstar, Shahrukh Khan.
In Kerala, CM Pinarayi Vijayan has declared a two-day mourning in the sports sector as a mark of respect to the late Argentine. Maradona enjoyed a crazy fan-following in the coastal Indian state and even visited Kerala in 2012.
Diego Maradona....you made football even more beautiful. You will be sorely missed and may you entertain and enthral heaven as you did this world. RIP.... pic.twitter.com/PlR2Laxfj2— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) November 25, 2020
Maradona will be missed the world over. But not least in Kerala, where you can witness unbelievable adulation of him. He visited in 2012 to the elation of the state's innumerable Argentina football fans. RIP pic.twitter.com/GI86nlFMkf— Edward Anderson (@edanderson101) November 25, 2020