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Lionel Messi Pays Tribute To 'Eternal' Diego Maradona After His Death

Lionel Messi Pays Tribute To 'Eternal' Diego Maradona After His Death

Lionel Messi has taken to Instagram to react to Diego Maradona's passing.

Weeks after a undergoing an operation to remove a blood clot from his brain,Maradona has died aged 60 as a result of a cardiac arrest.

A number of the game's greats have been paying tribute to 'El Diego', with six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi having some wonderful words to the pint-sized Argentine magician that paved the way for him.

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Messi, who played under Maradona when he was in charge of the La Albiceleste national team, said it was "a very sad day for all Argentines and for football."

Accompanied by two pictures of the Argentines in company, Messi wrote: "A very sad day for all Argentines and for football. He leaves us but does not leave, because Diego is eternal.

"I keep all the beautiful moments I lived with him and I wanted to take the opportunity to send my condolences to all his family and friends. RIP."

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Cristiano Ronaldo also reacted with a heartfelt tribute. The Juventus superstar called Maradona "an unparalleled magician" who leaves "a void that will never be filled".

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Translated, his post reads: "Today I say goodbye to a friend and the world says goodbye to an eternal genius. One of the best ever. An unparalleled magician.

"He leaves too soon, but leaves a legacy without limits and a void that will never be filled. Rest in peace, ace. You will never be forgotten."

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Pele, who has had a mixed relationship with Maradona over the years, spoke glowingly of his fellow World Cup winner.

Taking to Twitter, the Brazilian wrote: "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 football together in the sky."

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It's been confirmed that Argentina will embark on three days of mourning following the loss of one of their most beloved sons.

Topics: Football News, FC Barcelona, Football, Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona, Argentina

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