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UEFA president's tribute to Diego Maradona

UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin said Diego Maradona, who has died at the age of 60, was "a genius who achieved greatness as a wonderful player".

 

Universally acknowledged as one of the greatest footballers of all time, Diego Maradona has passed away. UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin said:

"I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of Diego Maradona, one of world football’s greatest and most iconic figures. I was in touch recently to wish him well, and this news comes as a considerable shock to me.

"Diego Maradona achieved greatness as a wonderful player with a genius and charisma of his own. He was a hero in his native Argentina, with whom he enjoyed World Cup glory, and became an eternal idol for the supporters of Napoli, who will never forget the successes he brought to the club during his memorable spell in Italy.

"He will go down in history as someone who set football alight and thrilled fans young and old with his brilliance and skill. I have instructed UEFA to hold a minute’s silence in memory of Diego at this week’s matches."