Africa's greatest pay tribute to Diego Maradona

Africa's greatest pay tribute to Diego Maradona
Argentinian soccer legend Diego Maradona

by Bertin Basson

Friday Nov 27, 2020. 16:00

Two of Africa’s greatest footballers have paid tribute to Diego Maradona.

Maradona, considered to be one of the best football players ever, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack.

The 1986 FIFA World Cup winner scored 34 goals in 91 appearances for Argentina. His best years at club level were spent at Napoli who he helped to two Serie A titles, a Coppa Italia and UEFA Cup crown.

“We have lost a legend and an icon,” former Liberia international and 1995 Ballon d’Or winner George Weah tweeted. “This is a very sad day for the football world.

“On behalf of the government 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 the great Diego Maradona.

“His extraordinary story as a kid who unshackled himself from the yoke of poverty and used his mastery of football to bring joy, inspired millions. May his soul rest in perpetual peace.”

Samuel Eto’o, who like Maradona starred for Barcelona, also reserved special praise for the football icon.

“I told my friend, that has to be a joke and it’s a terrible joke, because Maradona will always be with us. He was the idol for a whole generation, and for future generations, for what he did in football. He was from another planet. Diego, you’re god, you’ll always be alive in our hearts,” the former Cameroon international said as quoted by AS.

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