Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reacted to Argentina legend’s passing.
Diego Maradona, one of the greatest players of all-time, died at the age of 60 on Wednesday and Solskjaer, who was a fan of the iconic World Cup-winner, paid tribute to the legend before Manchester United take on Southampton this weekend.
He passed away at his home in Tigre just two weeks after undergoing successful Surrey for a blood clot on his brain.
“It was a sad day, for me Diego Maradona will always be the best player I’ve seen live,” Solskjaer said, as per Manchester Evening News.
“A guy with unbelievable talent on the pitch, a smile always when you saw him. For me he will be the best that ever played football.”
Manchester Un iced have posted a tribute on their official Twitter account, explaining: “Football has lost one of its greatest icons. Rest in peace, Diego Maradona.”
Football has lost one of its greatest icons.
Rest in peace, Diego Maradona. pic.twitter.com/uGIinhLDgf
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 25, 2020
Maradona’s story is a fascinating one. From poverty in Buenos Aires to lifting the World Cup at Mexico ’86.
In 1987 he made a very ordinary Napoli side champions and lead them to the Scudetto three years later, along with a Uefa Cup and a Coppa Italia.
RIP El Diego. Legend.
Tributes from Manchester United players past and present including Marcus Rashford, Rio Ferdinand, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Antonio Valencia.
Legendary 💔 pic.twitter.com/BRd5oAXV9S
— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) November 25, 2020
My 1st football hero. Few people have impact over generations like this man did. The greatest, the best, the artist, the man…charismatic, a leader…A WINNER! One of the main reasons why I went out on my estate to kick a ball, pretending to be Diego.
RIP Diego Armando Maradona pic.twitter.com/67sjmdkgFT
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) November 25, 2020
!gracias por el fútbol Diegol!
— Ruud van Nistelrooy (@RvN1776) November 25, 2020
Maradona era el fútbol Descansá, Diego✝️🔟 pic.twitter.com/218731VZOX
— Antonio Valencia (@anto_v25) November 25, 2020
The official Manchester United website published pictures from when Diego Maradona visited Sir Alex Ferguson and his players at Carrington.