Tennis legend Rafael Nadal has led the tributes to Liverpool hero Michael Robinson who has passed away aged 61. The former Brighton striker finished his career in La Liga with Osasuna.
He then settled in Spain and went on to be awarded his citizenship as he continued to work in the country.
Robinson earned his stripes as a television pundit and became a notorious face on Spanish TV.
Nadal posted a photo of himself alongside Robinson on Twitter this morning.
The 19-time Grand Slam winner also wrote: “We woke up with the sad news of the death of one of our own. You were the one who always made us happy about sport. We are grateful to you.
“D.E.P @michaelrobinson. A hug and all possible encouragement to your family.”
Robinson was part of the Liverpool squad which won the league title, League Cup and European Cup in 1984.
The Republic of Ireland international also featured in the 1983 FA Cup final for Brighton.
His family released a statement on Facebook this morning confirming his death.
“With tremendous sadness we inform you of Michael’s death,” they wrote.
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“It leaves us with a great emptiness, but also countless memories, full of the same love that you have shown him.
“We will be eternally grateful to you for making this man SO HAPPY, he never walked alone. Thank you.”
Brighton tweeted: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former striker Michael Robinson at the age of 61.
“Our thoughts are with all of his loved ones at this extremely difficult time.”
Liverpool posted a photo of Robinson lifting the European Cup on social media.
They also wrote: “We’re deeply saddened by the passing of former player Michael Robinson, aged 61.
“The thoughts of everybody at Liverpool Football Club are with Michael’s family and friends at this sad time. Rest in peace, Michael.”
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