India cricket legends Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar have paid a touching tribute to Diego Maradona after the football legend passed away aged 60 on Wednesday (November 26). One of the greatest players to have graced the game, the former Argentina footballer suffered a heart attack at his Buenos Aires home.
Earlier this month, he had successful surgery on a brain blood clot and was to be treated for alcohol dependency. Maradona was the captain when Argentina won the 1986 World Cup. During his illustrious club career, Maradona played for Barcelona and Napoli and won two Serie A titles with the Italian side.
In international football, he scored 34 goals in 91 appearances for Argentina and represented them in four World Cups. After guiding them to glory in the 1986 World Cup, he led them to the 1990 final in Italy, where they were beaten by West Germany. He captained Argentina again in the World Cup in 1994, but was sent home after failing a drugs test for ephedrine.
After his playing career came to an end, Maradona tried his hands at coach. He was appointed head coach of the Argentina in 2008 and left after the 2010 World Cup following an unsuccessful campaign. He subsequently managed teams in the United Arab Emirates and Mexico and was in charge of Gimnasia y Esgrima in Argentina’s top flight at the time of his death.
Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly pay tribute:
Just minutes after the tragic news came out, Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar took to Twitter to pay their homage to the legendary footballer. Ganguly, who idolises Maradona, called the footballer his hero and tweeted:
“My hero no more ..my mad genius rest in peace ..I watched football for you..”
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
Tendulkar, on the other hand wrote: “Football and the world of sports has lost one of its greatest players today. Rest in Peace Diego Maradona! You shall be missed.”
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