“God is dead”: Europe’s newspapers pay tribute to Diego Maradona with the world of football in mourning after the death of the Argentine icon
The world of football mourns a heart attack after the death of the Argentinian icon Diego Maradona at the age of 60.
The European football community will wake up on Thursday to find a series of glorious tributes to Maradona, who played with Barcelona and Napoli in both Spain and Italy.
But it is arguably France’s L’equipe that had the most powerful front page on Thursday – a picture of Maradona stood proudly in an Argentine jersey with the caption: “God is dead”.
The front cover of L’equipe on Thursday pays tribute to Maradona with “God is dead” on the front
Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy led with the powerful headline “I saw Maradona” next to a picture in which he kissed the World Cup trophy after winning the 1986 final in Mexico
Tuttosport pays tribute to Maradona’s # 10 jersey when Corriere dello Sport says “Diego Lives”.
Maradona’s touch, speed and poise were a fabulous combination on the pitch and drove from the slums of Buenos Aires to timeless fame through the world of football.
The unplayable level he reached in spearheading Argentina’s rise to World Cup glory in Mexico in 1986 is best known.
The Italian newspapers in the country in which 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 Jules Rimet trophy in 86, says: “I saw Maradona”.
Tuttosport has the image that he is carried on the shoulders of his teammates immediately after his World Cup triumph in the Aztec Stadium. The headline reads “AD10S” and refers to the # 10 jersey that has become synonymous with his career.
Corrierre dello Sport has a picture of Maradona in his Napoli days under the heading “Diego Lives”.
In Spain, the tributes to Argentina are just as gracious. Marca quotes a powerful quote from Maradona on its cover, reflecting on his life: “When I die, I want to be reborn and become a footballer.
Marca introduced the success of his life with a moving quote from Maradona
Mundo Deportivo (left) says that all sports mourn Maradona, while Sport says, “God is already in heaven.”
And I want to be Diego Armando Maradona again. I’m a player who made people happy and that’s enough for me. ‘
Mundo Deportivo – the Barcelona-based publication – is also headlined “AD10S” and says that all sports, not just football, mourn their deaths.
Sport uses the same image as Tuttosport in Italy, but with the caption: “God is already in heaven.”