Former Liverpool, Brighton and Republic of Ireland striker Michael Robinson has died at the age of 61.
Robinson, a European Cup winner with the Reds in 1983-84, finished his career with Osasuna and went on to become a hugely popular broadcaster in Spain.
“It is with tremendous sadness that we communicate to you the passing of Michael,” his Twitter account said on Tuesday. “It leaves us with a great void, but also countless memories, full of the same love that you have shown you. We will be eternally grateful for having done this man SO HAPPY. He never walked alone. Thank you.”
Although he was known and sometimes mocked for his thick English accent when speaking Spanish, Robinson became a much-loved figure as an analyst and co-commentator in Spain, while he also won journalism awards for his own show, Informe Robinson.
“We are saddened by the passing of Michael Robinson. His legacy will always remain with us,” Osasuna said on their Twitter account.
Barcelona also paid tribute to the former footballer and broadcaster.
“We at FC Barcelona wish to express our deepest condolences for the passing of Michael Robinson, a person who loved football and who knew how to explain it with knowledge and ingenuity,” they said.
Robinson’s final game was at Anfield, where he was present to cover Atletico Madrid’s win over his former club Liverpool in the Champions League prior to lockdown due to coronavirus last month.
“We’re deeply saddened by the passing of former player Michael Robinson, aged 61,” the Reds tweeted. “The thoughts of everybody at Liverpool Football Club are with Michael’s family and friends at this sad time.”
And his former team-mate Graeme Souness told Sky Sports: “I have so many fond memories of being in his company. If you were going for a night out Michael would always be the first one you’d invite. He was a charming man with great stories.
“I’m really sad for Chris and his kids. I know he’s been fighting this for a number of years now and it’s been difficult for him.”
61 is far too young that horrible disease again.
Thoughts and prayers go out to Michael, his family and friends.