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Poonam Singh

New Delhi: Football Legend Diego Maradona's death triggered an outpouring of emotional tributes in the Indian sporting fraternity.

Indian cricket greats Sachin Tendulkar and Saurav Ganguly and football legend IM Vijayan were among the first to pay tribute to Diego Maradona, who died at the age of 60 on Wednesday.

Ganguly had famously played with the Argentine football legend during one of his visits to India. "My hero no more ..my mad genius rest in peace ..I watched football for you.." the former India captain tweeted.

"Football and the world of sports has lost one of its greatest players today. Rest in Peace Diego Maradona! You shall be missed," Tendulkar tweeted.

One of Indian football's greatest names I M Vijayan posted a short message on his Twitter handle.

"RIP God of football," he said.

India's men's football head coach Igor Stimac also paid tribute to Maradona. He posted a photo of him facing Maradona while playing for Croatia. "Rest in peace, my friend. You are one of the reasons why the world love the game we have played. We'll miss you. My thoughts are with your family and close ones. Thank you, Diego," he said.

India and Bengaluru FC goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu tweeted: "RIP Broken heart #Maradona"

"Really sad to hear of the passing away of the legendary Maradona. He truly lived life king size & by his rules and set benchmarks on the field and off it too. RIP my friend. You will be missed," tweeted former India cricketer Yuvraj Singh.

Stylish batsman of yesteryears, VVS Laxman also expressed his condolences on the micro-blogging site.

"One of the greatest icons of the game Diego Maradona passes away, a very sad day for World sports. Condolences to his family, friends and well-wishers," Laxman tweeted.

Dashing former India batsman Virender Sehwag joined his former teammates in expressing his sadness.

"Arguably one of the greatest sportsman of all time. Saddened to hear about the passing away of the great Diego Maradona. My heartfelt condolences to his family."

Former hockey captain Viren Rasquinha also posted an emotional tribute.

"Thank you for all the memories & madness," he tweeted.

"...that genius left foot that was truly blessed by all the Gods above."


(With Agency Inputs)

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