Diego Maradona dead: Front pages from around the world pay tribute

The world of football is in mourning after the death of icon Diego Maradona at the age of 60 from a heart attack.

Front pages from across the globe paid tribute to the sporting legend on Thursday, a day after he passed away in Buenos Aires.

From Europe to the USA, India to Malaysia, Nigeria and – of course- throughout his native South America, photos of Maradona’s face were inked across pages.

‘God is dead,’ declared France’s L’Equipe – far from the only publication to compare the 5ft 4ins Argentine to the Almighty.

Spain’s Marca newspaper also ran with a touching quote of Maradona’s which read: ‘If I am reborn, I want to be a footballer. And I want to be Diego Armando Maradona again. I am a player who has made people happy, and that is enough for me.’ 

L'Equipe's front page on Thursday pays tribute to Maradona with 'God is dead' on the front

L'Equipe's front page on Thursday pays tribute to Maradona with 'God is dead' on the front

L’Equipe’s front page on Thursday pays tribute to Maradona with ‘God is dead’ on the front

Spanish newspaper Marca printed a double-page image of Maradona, along with a quote of his which reads: 'If I am reborn, I want to be a footballer. And I want to be Diego Armando Maradona again. I am a player who has made people happy and that is enough for me'

Spanish newspaper Marca printed a double-page image of Maradona, along with a quote of his which reads: 'If I am reborn, I want to be a footballer. And I want to be Diego Armando Maradona again. I am a player who has made people happy and that is enough for me'

Spanish newspaper Marca printed a double-page image of Maradona, along with a quote of his which reads: ‘If I am reborn, I want to be a footballer. And I want to be Diego Armando Maradona again. I am a player who has made people happy and that is enough for me’

Tuttosport's front page also pays tribute to Maradona's finest moment and the No 10 shirt he became synonymous with

Tuttosport's front page also pays tribute to Maradona's finest moment and the No 10 shirt he became synonymous with

Corriere dello Sport lead with a picture of Maradona at Napoli with the headline 'Diego lives'

Corriere dello Sport lead with a picture of Maradona at Napoli with the headline 'Diego lives'

Tuttosport pay tribute to Maradona’s No 10 shirt as Corriere dello Sport say ‘Diego Lives’

Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy lead with the powerful headline of 'I saw Maradona' alongside a picture of him kissing the World Cup trophy after winning the final at Mexico '86

Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy lead with the powerful headline of 'I saw Maradona' alongside a picture of him kissing the World Cup trophy after winning the final at Mexico '86

Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy lead with the powerful headline of ‘I saw Maradona’ alongside a picture of him kissing the World Cup trophy after winning the final at Mexico ’86

Mundo Deportivo also reference Maradona's No 10 shirt and say all of sport is mourning his death

Mundo Deportivo also reference Maradona's No 10 shirt and say all of sport is mourning his death

Sport, meanwhile, say that 'God is already in heaven'

Sport, meanwhile, say that 'God is already in heaven'

Mundo Deportivo (left) say all sport mourns Maradona as Sport say ‘God is already in heaven’

Maradona’s touch, speed and poise was a fabulous combination on the pitch and propelled him from the slums of Buenos Aires to timeless stardom through the world of football.

The unplayable level that he reached as he spearheaded Argentina’s surge to 1986 World Cup glory in Mexico is most prominently remembered.

The Italian papers, in the country where he also thrived with Napoli, mainly lead with pictures of him in the blue and white of his country.

La Gazzetta dello Sport, with a picture of Maradona kissing the iconic World Cup trophy in 86, say: ‘I saw Maradona’. 

AS's front page read 'D10S Ha Muerto' with a picture of Maradona in front of the sun

AS's front page read 'D10S Ha Muerto' with a picture of Maradona in front of the sun

AS’s front page read ‘D10S Ha Muerto’ with a picture of Maradona in front of the sun

Tuttosport have the picture of him being carried on the shoulders of his team-mates in the immediate aftermath of his World Cup triumph at the Aztec stadium, with the headline: ‘AD10S’, referencing the No 10 shirt that became synonymous with his career.

Corrierre dello Sport have a picture of Maradona in his Napoli days under the headline ‘Diego Lives’.

In Spain, the tributes to Argentina are just as gracious. Marca runs a powerful quote of Maradona reflecting on his life on its front page, which says: ‘If I die I want to be born again and I want to be a footballer. 

And I want to be Diego Armando Maradona again. I am a player who has brought joy to the people and that is enough for me.’

Mundo Deportivo – the Barcelona based publication – also run with an ‘AD10S’ style headline and say all of sport, not just football, is mourning his death.

AS’s front page read ‘D10S Ha Muerto’ with a picture of Maradona wearing an Argentina shirt while stood in front of the sun.

Sport use the same picture as Tuttosport in Italy but with the headline: ‘God is already in heaven.’ 

Link hienalouca.com

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