Jose Mourinho leads tributes to 'Don Diego' as the world says thanks to Maradona
Thinking about Diego Maradona makes people happy.
You don't need to waste time or money researching this to prove it. It's a scientific fact that memories of Maradona's control of a ball releases endorphins in the brain.
The news of his passing at the age of just 60 came as a shock and a tremendous body blow to anyone who's ever kicked a ball or enjoyed watching other people kick a ball.
At the very least, Maradona is hero-worshipped. In some quarters, he has god status and it's not difficult to see why.
So, after the devastating confirmation of his death meant the world had to bid the Argentine farewell, people lined up in their droves to say what Diego Maradona meant to them.
Jose Mourinho's Instagram post about the great man was heartbreaking.
'Don Diego... damn dude. I will miss you.'
Simple, poignant, touching.
To Robbie Keane, he was "the best that ever was".
Maradona's generation don't dispute he was the best. Just ask Gary Lineker.
Reports from Argentina that Diego Armando Maradona has died. By some distance the best player of my generation and arguably the greatest of all time. After a blessed but troubled life, hopefully he’ll finally find some comfort in the hands of God. #RipDiego
— Gary Lineker 💙 (@GaryLineker) November 25, 2020
And the newer generation of Marcus Rashford and co hold him in the same respect.
Legendary 💔 pic.twitter.com/BRd5oAXV9S
— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) November 25, 2020
Steven Gerrard paid his respects.
"An eternal genius. An unmatched magician. Leaves too soon but leaves a boundless legacy." Cristiano Ronaldo nailed it.
Eternally grateful, say Boca Juniors. Aren't we all.
Eternas gracias. Eterno Diego. pic.twitter.com/SZVNOJnZ1j
— Boca Jrs. Oficial (desde 🏡) (@BocaJrsOficial) November 25, 2020