Premier League managers have paid their respects to Diego Maradona, who died on Wednesday at the age of 60 following a heart attack at his home.
Argentina President Alberto Fernandez confirmed three days of national mourning following the news of Maradona’s death.
Liverpools boss Jurgen Klopp, speaking ahead of his side’s match against Brighton on Saturday, said: “The best through my lifetime. Maybe it is not right anymore because I have seen Cristiano (Ronaldo) and Lionel (Messi) many times now as well.
In my own playing career, he was the standout player.
“He went further by saying, I think the life of Diego Maradona shows how nice and how difficult life can be when you are a world-class footballer.
“I met Maradona once. For a player of my level meeting him was like meeting the pope.”
He said: “He was for us, and will continue to be, our idol.
Given the fact that he is not here with us anymore brings us great sadness.
Having lost an idol like Maradona, it’s something that makes us feel weak.
“Maradona was an artist. To give one example that stands out: the songs written about him are extraordinary and I read 10 texts after his death that have been emotional.
When you see a beautiful church you are taken back, this was a similar feeling I had when Maradona scored.”
The Argentine government confirmed that Maradona’s body will lie in state at the Cass Rosada Government Headquarters and he will be given a state funeral.
Everton manager Ancelotti Carlo added how Important Maradona was to the City of Napoli.
Ancelotti serves as Napoli manager during the 2018-2019 season.
“Maradona was a fantastic player, the best player on the planet at that time.
He came to Napoli and Napoli became the toughest opponent when I was with Milan,” Carlo said.
“I played against him a lot of times. sometimes I was not able to stop him. I tried to kick him, sometimes, but he was so, so strong and so fast. I have fantastic memories of him.
“At the end of our careers, I met him two or three times. He was a really funny and good guy.
Of course, he had a very intense life. But he was and still will be a legend of football.
“Napoli loves Maradona. With Maradona, they had best period in the history of the club.
Maradona brought the Napoli supporters to heaven.
“You cannot say who was the best, Maradona or Pele, but they are both legends.
They helped football be more important in the world.”
Thousand of Argentinians honoured Maradona on Thursday at a public wake heled at the Casa Rosada’s presidential palace in Buenos Aires.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said that Maradona is the greatest ever football player.
“It was a sad day; for me Diego Maradona will always be the player I’ve seen live,” Gunnar said.”
“A guy with unbelieve talent on the pitch, a smile always when you saw him. For me, he will be the best that ever-played football.”
Chelsea manager Lampard Frank also paid his tribute to the former Argentina No. 10.
“He was the player in the world stage that made me fall in love with the game. I was fortunate enough to meet him very briefly, he was a footballing god and it is very sad,” Lampard said.
Premier League managers’ reaction round up.
Brighton manager Graham Potter said, “He was and is an iconic figure in football. I remember watching him in the 1986 World Cup and it was an amazing experience as an 11-year-old.
“It was like seeing football in a completely different way. He was amazing and of course, thoughts go out to his family. What a life he led.
Newcastle manager Bruce Steve said, “Whenever Diego Maradona was on TV and any game he was involved in, I would tune in to watch him. It’s a sadness that we’ve lost a great, great footballer.
Maradona was simply the best.”