‘God is dead’: How newspapers across the world paid tribute to Diego Maradona

Alex Young
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 (AFP via Getty Images)
(AFP via Getty Images)

Newspapers around the world have paid tribute to Diego Maradona after the former World Cup winner died yesterday.

Maradona, who is regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, died at the age of 60 and tributes have been flooding in for him.

All over the world, newspapers have honoured the former Argentina captain, with French newspaper L’Equipe’s front page carrying the headline: “God is dead”.

The deification of Maradona is a theme across many countries and newspapers. Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport carries the words: “The death of the God of football”.

It was in Italy that Maradona shone for Napoli, guiding them to two Serie A titles, and it is unsurprising to see the outpouring of emotion there.

L’Equipe
L’Equipe

Correire dello Sports’ headline reads: “Diego Vive”, while Tuttosport pictures Maradona holding aloft the World Cup in 1986 alongside the caption: “AD10S”.

The love for Maradona is seen in Spain too, where he played for Barcelona. Newspaper Sport’s headline today reads: “God is already in heaven”, while Mundo Deportivo’s simply reads: “Goodbye, Maradona”.

It is Marca’s headline, though, that stands out as it carries a quote from Maradona. “If I die I want to be born again and I want to be a footballer,” it reads.

“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.”

Tutto Sport
Tutto Sport

Maradona certainly did bring joy, especially in his home country of Argentina. Three days of national morning have begun there and the newspapers’ front pages are dedicated to the former World Cup winning captain.

“There will be no equal,” reads the cover of one of Argentina’s largest newspapers, Clarin. A fitting tribute to a player who captured the hearts of people all over the world.

Scroll through the gallery above to see how the football world and beyond reacted to the death of the football icon.