Diego Maradona's sudden death at the age of 60 shook the world, let alone soccer and sports as a whole, to its core on Wednesday.
The Argentine legend, who won the World Cup in 1986 and who guided Napoli to new heights in the late 1980s and early 1990s, was so revered that there was a literal deity named after him. Hundreds, if not thousands, of newborn boys in Naples were named after Maradona thanks to his heroics.
Maradona clearly influenced so many lives, which is what led to an outpouring of tributes for one of the greatest players of all-time.
Cristiano Ronaldo posted a tribute on social media to his late friend Diego Maradona pic.twitter.com/TaTESVRsjT
— ESPN (@espn) November 25, 2020
— Selección Argentina (@Argentina) November 25, 2020
Always in our hearts
Ciao, Diego pic.twitter.com/I2gTWqdtdB
— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) November 25, 2020
Eternas gracias. Eterno Diego. pic.twitter.com/SZVNOJnZ1j
— Boca Jrs. Oficial (desde ) (@BocaJrsOficial) November 25, 2020
Personally, I never knew Diego Armando Maradona and only got to watch the end of him as a player but always a felt a connection to him because I was named after him. Watched many of his videos. What a talent he was.
Descansa en paz Diego. 10 pic.twitter.com/D6V5HK66hn
— Diego Montalvan (@DMontalvan) November 25, 2020
The poor kid from the slums with a massive heart who took on the whole establishment & beat them
What Maradona did for Napoli & Naples will never be matched anywhere else
And what he did for Argentina will never be matched by another internationally
R.I.P GOAT pic.twitter.com/viSVYP0uGO
— Carlo Garganese (@carlogarganese) November 25, 2020
Jorge Valdano said it perfectly..."Beyond everything else,no football ever had a better experience than when it was #diegomaradona`s left foot."
We will never see a greater footballer. Ever. Football cries for you Diego.
— Ray Hudson (@RayHudson) November 25, 2020