News heard around the world broke Wednesday as Toronto FC players, media, and fans shared timeless images, clips, and stories of one of the greatest soccer players to have ever lived.
TORONTO, Canada—News heard around the world broke Wednesday afternoon as reports out of Argentina surfaced that soccer icon Diego Maradona had died at the age of 60.
A charismatic figure and revolutionary soccer icon, Maradona was best known for his ability to take over a match, leading Argentina to the 1986 World Cup title. Having impacted a wide-array of people, it’s no surprise that many people took to social media to pay tribute to one of the greatest footballers to have ever lived.
Here are some of the few that stood out to us:
Argentina’s president has declared three days of national mourning following the death of Diego Maradona pic.twitter.com/t6XZLiVUmI
— B/R Football (@brfootball) November 25, 2020
Rest In Peace to an icon https://t.co/2jyePS5IC7
— Jozy Altidore (@JozyAltidore) November 25, 2020
RIP to another legend. Your legacy will live on forever. https://t.co/svwrYDm5ad
— Mark Delgado (@MarkyDelgado) November 25, 2020
We’ve lost a true legend of the game today, rest in paradise Maradona
— Rocco Romeo (@bigroc17) November 25, 2020
Ran past Birchmount Stadium tonight, had to stop for a minute when I thought of Diego Maradona standing in the same place.
Much more of a “hallowed ground” vibe today than at Gr. 6 track day.
— Charlie O’Connor-Clarke (@charliejclarke) November 25, 2020
Passionate. Mercurial. Innovative. Sublime. Flawed. Genius. Immortal.
A man of the people. There’s only one thing he loved more than football…living life to the fullest, his way. #MARADONA
— Steven Caldwell (@stevocaldwell) November 25, 2020
Live is life
When we all give the power
We all give the best
Every minute of an hour
Don’t think about a rest
Then you all get the power
You all get the best
When everyone gives everything
And every song everybody sings
Then it’s life
Live is life ❤️ ❤️pic.twitter.com/xlkmDjH3DA
— Kristian Jack (@KristianJack) November 25, 2020
As a kid growing up in Burlington, Sunday mornings were spent in the basement watching Serie A games with my dad. CHCH had the Italian language rights & they’d show a game of the week. Watching Maradona play at the height of his greatness was one the highlights of my childhood.
— John Molinaro (@JohnMolinaro) November 25, 2020
Growing up in a German household, I thought soccer was about control & discipline. The Diego Maradona I knew was the antithesis of that.
As I watched more of the game, it was his creativity & expression that I craved more of. He changed the game for the better. Forever missed.
— Joshua Kloke (@joshuakloke) November 25, 2020
For one night, in 1996, Diego Maradona slipped out of his Boca kit & joined his brother at… Toronto Italia?
My story about Diego’s minor-league adventure in . Never-before-seen video. Photos. Dozens of interviews.
— Pablo Iglesias Maurer (@MLSist) November 25, 2020
A man that made millions fall in love with football.
RIP, Diego. pic.twitter.com/DZlR4OYz70
— 90s Football (@90sfootball) November 25, 2020
Que notícia triste. Eu perdi um grande amigo e o mundo perdeu uma lenda. Ainda há muito a ser dito, mas por agora, que Deus dê força para os familiares. Um dia, eu espero que possamos jogar bola juntos no céu. pic.twitter.com/6Li76HTikA
— Pelé (@Pele) November 25, 2020
RIP Diego Maradona. The most entertaining footballer of all time. He’d fill a stadium with a warm up. pic.twitter.com/hm3PXkZbtM
— Asa Rehman (@AsaRehman) November 25, 2020
— Ivan Pehar (@ivanpehar) November 26, 2020
RIP Legend ❤️ https://t.co/eseGjeuegg
— Marcus Rebelo (@marcusrebelo94) November 26, 2020
Rest in peace, Diego Maradona. A legend of the game. pic.twitter.com/lm6NBUlvTA
— The Players’ Tribune (@PlayersTribune) November 25, 2020
A true legend of the sport was lost Wednesday. RIP, Diego.