It is tributes galore as Samuel Eto’o, Yaya Toure, Didier Drogba and a host of other African football figures continue to pay their respect to late Argentine soccer great, Diego Armando Maradona.
The 1986 FIFA World Cup winner passed away at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack.
Eto’o, Barcelona and Cameroon great led some of the continent’s stars to pay respect to the Argentine football icon who passed away on Wednesday
The Gimnasia manager had been hospitalised in November, days after celebrating his landmark birthday.
After complaining of a low spirit and fatigue, he subsequently underwent surgery to treat a serious subdural hematoma.
On Wednesday morning, however, Maradona suffered cardiac arrest, and paramedics at the scene failed to revive him.
With the footballing world thrown into mourning, Eto’o, the four-time African Player of the Year, alongside others, took to social media to pay their respect. Displaying crying emoji, the ex-Indomitable Lions of Cameroon captain described the death as “quite painful.”
Former Chelsea great, Drogba tweeted: “RIP Diego Armando Maradona, my first ever football shirt, the man behind my love for football”
On his part, Ivorian and former Manchester City star, Yahaya Youre said;
“Such sad news 😔 RIP 🙏🏾”
Ex-Nigerian international, Motiu Adepoju was also on twitter saying; “Legends don’t die. They only take a rest #RipMaradona”
Also paying his respect, Liberian President and the only African to win the FIFA footballer of the year award, George Weah said; “We have lost a legend and an icon. This is a very sad day for the football world. On behalf of the government and people of Liberia and in my own name, I wish to extend deepest condolences to the family, the people of Argentina and all lovers of the beautiful game for the death of the Great Diego Maradona.
“His extraordinary story as a kid who unshackled himself from the yoke of poverty and used his mastery of football to bring joy, inspired millions. May his soul rest in perpetual peace.” – With Goal.com reports