"Diego Maradona... you made football even more beautiful."
Bollywood stars have taken to social media to pay tribute to footballer Diego Maradona who passed away on November 25, 2020, at the age of 60.
He suffered a heart attack. His death comes two weeks after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain.
The legendary Argentine transcended football whilst playing for the likes of Napoli and Barcelona. He also won the 1986 World Cup.
Football fans all over the world are mourning Maradona’s death.
Bollywood celebrities also expressed their grief. From Shahrukh Khan to Ranveer Singh, stars bid farewell to Maradona.
Bollywood superstar and sports enthusiast Shahrukh shared a photo of the footballer and wrote:
“Diego Maradona… you made football even more beautiful. You will be sorely missed and may you entertain and enthral heaven as you did this world. RIP.”
Actor Angad Bedi wrote: “RIP you legend. May you find peace.”
Ranveer Singh shared a black and white photo of a young Maradona and simply captioned the post with a broken heart emoji.
Kareena Kapoor took to her Instagram Story and shared a photo along with the caption: “Rest in power.”
Priyanka Chopra shared a photo of Maradona whilst playing for the national team. She wrote:
“RIP Diego Maradona. One of the greatest football players of all time. A true legend.”
Genelia Deshmukh took to Twitter and shared Maradona’s iconic goal against England at the 1986 World Cup which was voted the goal of the century.
— Genelia Deshmukh (@geneliad) November 25, 2020
Former Bollywood actress Karisma Kapoor revealed that she met Diego Maradona and shared two photos of herself with the icon, calling it an “honour”.
In one of the photos, Maradona is seen kissing her hand.
She wrote: “Had the honour of meeting this legend RIP #diegomaradona.”
Abhishek Bachchan referred to Maradona as the ‘GOAT’ (Greatest of All Time) as he paid tribute.
Kunal Kapoor called Maradona a “one man army”, posting:
— Kunal Kapoor (@kapoorkkunal) November 25, 2020
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid tribute. He said:
“Diego Maradona was a maestro of football, who enjoyed global popularity.
“Throughout his career, he gave us some of the best sporting moments on the football field.”
“His untimely demise has saddened us all. May his soul rest in peace:”
Prior to his time at Barcelona and Napoli, Diego Maradona established himself at Argentinos Juniors and Boca Juniors.
Regarded as one of the greatest footballers to have ever lived, his passing is a big loss.
Following the announcement of his death, Argentine President Alberto Fernandez declared three days of national mourning.