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Death of football legend Maradona causes reactions and tributes on social media

Argentine President Alberto Fernández decreed three days of official mourning in the country. Through social media, politicians and personalities mourned Maradona's death

Diego Maradona dies aged 60 at his home, in the city of Tigre, Argentina. Photo: Paulo Pinto/FotosPublicas

Argentine idol Diego Armando Maradona, the greatest player in the country’s history and world football legend, died this Wednesday at the age of 60, as first reported by the Argentinian newspaper Clarín.

In early November, the former player had to undergo surgery to drain a small hemorrhage in the brain. Discharged on November 12th, he was recovering from the procedure. Maradona suffered a cardiorespiratory arrest at his home in the city of Tigre, Argentina.

Argentine President Alberto Fernández decreed three days of official mourning in the country, starting this Wednesday after the death of Diego Maradona, the national government said in a statement.

Through social media, politicians and personalities mourned Maradona’s death.

“You took us to the top of the world. You made us immensely happy. You were the greatest among all. Thanks for having existed, Diego. We are going to miss you forever,” said Argentine President Alberto Fernández in his twitter account.

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“What a 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 together in heaven,” said Brazilian football idol Pelé.
Brazil’s former president Lula: “Diego Armando Maradona was a football giant, from Argentina and from all over the world, a talent and a unique personality. His genius and passion in the field, his intensity in life and his commitment to Latin American sovereignty marked our time.”

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The former president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, posted on this Twitter account a tribute to mourn the death of former Argentine player Diego, referring to him as “my brother”.
“Goodbye Diego, we love you very much. Huge hug to your family and loved ones,” wrote Argentina’s vice president Cristina Kirchner.

“A very sad day for all Argentines and for football. He leaves us but he is not gone, because Diego is eternal,” wrote football star Lionel Messi on his Instagram account.

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