Spanish sport stars have been paying tribute to former Ireland striker Michael Robinson who has passed away at the age of 61.
Michael Robinson played for Ireland between 1980 and 1986 during a career that also saw him win the First Division title and European Cup with Liverpool.
After finishing his playing career in Spain in 1989, Robinson went on to become a household name in the country as host of sport programme El Día Después and later his own monthly magazine series Informe Robinson.
A number of prominent Spanish sporting names have been paying tribute to Robinson this morning, with tennis star Rafa Nadal posting 'You were the one who always made us happy about sport'. Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramo shared a clip of his own appearance on Informe Robinson while among others to pay tribute are Xabi Alonso, Luis Garcia and Barcelona FC.
Nos levantamos con la triste noticia del fallecimiento de uno de los nuestros. Fuiste quien nos alegró siempre el deporte. Te estamos agradecidos.
Un abrazo y todo el ánimo posible a su familia. pic.twitter.com/SRi5GvlLvj
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) April 28, 2020
Michael Robinson conoció al hijo de la Paqui y yo tuve la suerte de conocer a Michael Robinson. Mi cariño a sus familiares y amigos. DEP
You'll Never Walk Alone
📽 @InformeRobinson pic.twitter.com/5K857BJEuq
— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) April 28, 2020
You’ll never walk alone Michael!!
Rest in peace. https://t.co/4IKJnL0nAa
— Xabi Alonso (@XabiAlonso) April 28, 2020
— Luis Garcia (@luchogarcia14) April 28, 2020
The FAI is saddened to learn of the death of former Ireland international Michael Robinson
Michael played 24 games at senior level, scoring four goals during the 1980s
May he rest in peace ☘️ pic.twitter.com/IL3fpOMC1j
— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) April 28, 2020
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. He was the winner of the 2018 Vázquez Montalbán International Journalism Award. Rest In Peace pic.twitter.com/IsMAooaxmm
— FC Barcelona (from 🏠) (@FCBarcelona) April 28, 2020
Comunicado Oficial: fallecimiento de Michael Robinson.#RealMadrid
— Real Madrid C.F.⚽ (@realmadrid) April 28, 2020
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. pic.twitter.com/o8Zu3hjICc
— Liverpool FC (at 🏠) (@LFC) April 28, 2020
Robinson's family broke the news this morning by posting the words 'With tremendous sadness, we inform you of Michael’s death. 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.'
Con tremenda tristeza os comunicamos el fallecimiento de Michael. Nos deja un gran vacío, pero también innumerables recuerdos, llenos del mismo amor que le habéis demostrado. Os estaremos eternamente agradecidos por haber hecho a este hombre TAN FELIZ, nunca caminó solo. Gracias
— Michael Robinson (@michaelrobinson) April 28, 2020