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Soccer world reacts to death of Diego Maradona

Joe Prince-Wright reacts to Argentina icon Diego Maradona's death at age 60.

Diego Maradona, one of the greatest players in the history of the game, has died at the age of 60.

The world legend is often overused but Diego Armando Maradona was a true legend of the game.

Tributes have poured in from across the soccer world as the inspirational Argentine legend will be sadly missed.

The man who led Argentina to glory in the 1986 World Cup is revered around the world for his incredible skill as a player as he inspired generations of players.

Maradona, who just turned 60, had only recently left hospital after having successful surgery on his brain to remove a blood clot as he fell ill in October.

The reports from Argentina which broke the news that Diego Maradona had passed away caused shockwaves around the world. Several of those reports state that the legendary player suffered a ‘cardiac arrest’ and died in his home in the San Andres neighborhood of Buenos Aires.

The soccer world has reacted to Maradona’s passing by praising his greatness, his skill and his desire on the pitch.

Pele, who is widely regarded as the best player in history alongside Maradona, had this to say.

“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 heaven.”

Lionel Messi, who for many has emulated or even surpassed the greatness of his compatriot summed it up best.

“He leaves us but he isn’t going anywhere, because Diego is eternal,” Messi said.

Former clubs, national teams, legendary players and many, many others have paid their own special tributes to Maradona and this will no doubt continue for days, weeks and months as three days of national mourning have been applied in Argentina.

Maradona will also be remembered as one of the greatest players the world has ever seen. Here’s how the soccer world reacted to the passing of a legend of the game. Diego Armando Maradona.

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