Former India captain and current President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India president Sourav Ganguly paid tribute to football legend Diego Maradona, who died of a heart attack at 60 in Argentina on Wednesday. “My hero no more ..my mad genius rest in peace ..I watched football for you..,” Ganguly tweeted. Renowned as one of the greatest footballers of all time, the Argentine World Cup winning captain died of a heart attack, having undergone brain surgery earlier this month, a member of his entourage told AFP.
My hero no more ..my mad genius rest in peace ..I watched football for you.. pic.twitter.com/JhqFffD2vr
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) November 25, 2020
Legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar also tweeted his tribute.
Football and the world of sports has lost one of its greatest players today. Rest in Peace Diego Maradona! You shall be missed,” he tweeted.
Football and the world of sports has lost one of its greatest players today.
Rest in Peace Diego Maradona!
You shall be missed. pic.twitter.com/QxhuROZ5a5
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) November 25, 2020
Several others from the cricketing fraternity also took to social media to mourn the legendary footballer.
Really sad to hear of the passing away of the legendary Maradona. He truly lived life king size & by his rules and set benchmarks on the field and off it too. RIP my friend. You will be missed
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) November 25, 2020
I was among the scores of fans of his game, and so this comes as a big shock! My condolences to Diego Maradona fans all over the world. RIP legend.
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) November 25, 2020
— Surya Kumar Yadav (@surya_14kumar) November 25, 2020
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) November 25, 2020
The sporting world has lost one of its greatest of all time.
RIP Diego Maradona. pic.twitter.com/UjjB5dtULg
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) November 25, 2020
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) November 25, 2020
Diego Armando Maradona. RIP Legend. pic.twitter.com/ZtIlLElBN6
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) November 25, 2020
Taken away too soon by ‘The Hand of God’
Rest in peace El Pibe de Oro. You’re gone but the delightful memories you left us with will remain etched in our hearts!
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) November 25, 2020
Rest in peace, legend pic.twitter.com/NI4D1SU986
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) November 25, 2020
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) November 25, 2020
In 2000, world football authority FIFA ran an online Player of the Century poll. Maradona gained 54 percent of the vote, Pele was second with 18 percent. FIFA declared them joint winners.
Maradona married his long-time girlfriend Claudia Villafane in 1984. They had two daughters, Dalma and Gianinna, and divorced in 2004.
He also had a son, Diego Junior, born in Naples in 1986, although he only acknowledged paternity in 2004.
With inputs from AFP
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