Brian May, Liam Gallagher, Primal Scream and more pay tribute to late football legend Diego Maradona

Argentina’s government has declared three days of mourning.

Diego Maradona

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Some of music’s biggest names have taken to social media to pay tribute to Argentine football legend Diego Maradona, who died yesterday (25 November). He was 60.

Maradona, widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, passed away after suffering a heart attack at home in Buenos Aires, his lawyer said.

Brian May recalled Queen’s encounter with Maradona in Buenos Aires, while the band were on tour to promote their 1980 album The Game.

“We enjoyed spending time with him when we played Velez Sarsfield Stadium [José Amalfitani Stadium], Buenos Aires in 1981,” May wrote in an Instagram post. “And he came on stage with us, to a massive roar.”

“Too young. So sad. Wish I could have got my heart specialist to him to save him like I was saved.”

Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, who says he’s met the Argentine football star twice before, dubbed him a “proper RNR footballer” that “no fucker will ever come near”.

Scottish rock band Primal Scream honoured the late footballer, saying Maradona will “ALWAYS be an honorary Scotsman”.

See more tributes from musicians below:

The Libertines frontman spoofing Maradona’s infamous ‘Hand Of God’ goal against England in the quarter-finals of the 1986 FIFA World Cup.

The Argentinean government has declared three days of mourning, with President Alberto Fernandez himself tweeting to honour Maradona.

“You took us to the highest point in the world, and made us immensely happy,” Fernandez wrote. “You were the greatest of all. Thank you for having been with us, Diego. We will miss you all our lives.”

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