Nigeria former national footballers pay Tributes to Diego Maradona

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Nigeria former national football players Nwankwo Kanu, Mutiu Adepoju and Victor Ikpeba have joined other football lovers across the globe to pay tribute to Diego Maradona, a football legend, who passed away at the age of 60 at his home in Tigre.

Maradona passed away on Wednesday, November 25 following cardio-respiratory arrest.

Kanu, Adepoju and Ikpeba had taken to Twitter to pay tribute to Maradona.

The former Arsenal striker said : “R.I.P Diego Armando Maradona .your memory will live on forever. #maradona #GOAT #football #argentina #legend @fifaworldcup #worldcup #best #memories”.

Former African Footballer of the Year Ikpeba tweeted: “Repose en Paix Maradona”.

Adepoju who faced Maradona in USA 94 said : “Legends don’t die. They only take a rest #RipMaradona”.

For several years Maradona suffered from serious health problems, and earlier this month he had emergency brain surgery, staying in hospital for over a week before he was discharged.

The legend was in the Argentina squad that beat the Super Eagles 2-1 at the 1994 World Cup, setting up the second goal scored by Claudio Caniggia, and was in the dugout when the two-time world champions defeated Nigeria in South Africa 2010.

He helped Argentina win the 1986 World Cup before captaining the team in the 1990 tournament where they narrowly lost to Germany in the showpiece.

Maradona is survived by his partner, Veronica Ojeda, two daughters, two sons, and his former wife, Claudia Villafane.

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