Michael Robinson: Spain’s top sports stars pay tribute to former footballer and pundit, who has died aged 61
Robinson won the European Cup, First Division, and League Cup triples in one year in Liverpool, before ending his career in Spain where he moved and made a name as a football expert.
“With immense sadness, we inform you of the death of Michael,” read the message from Robinson’s family on their Twitter account. “This leaves us a great void, but also countless memories, full of the same love that you showed him.
“We will be forever grateful to you for making this man SO HAPPY, he never walked alone. Thank you.”
Old club Liverpool wrote on Twitter: “We are deeply saddened by the death of former 61-year-old player Michael Robinson.” “Everyone’s thoughts at Liverpool Football Club are with Michael’s family and friends at this sad time. Rest in peace, Michael.”
Robinson spent three years in Brighton and Hove Albion, reaching the 1983 FA Cup final before moving to Liverpool and has made 24 appearances for the Republic of Ireland National Team.
The former striker called time during his playing days in Osasuna and has become a well-known and respected figure in the Spanish football media.
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Tennis star Rafael Nadal, NBA All-Star Pau Gasol and Spanish World Cup winner Cesc Fabregas all paid tribute to Robinson, who revealed in 2018 that he had been diagnosed with cancer.
“We woke up to the sad news of the death of one of our own”, Nadal wrote on Twitter. “It is you who have always made us happy with sport. We are grateful to you.
“Rest in peace Michael Robinson. A hug and all the strength possible for your family. ”
Fabregas wrote: “Today a great person with a heart of gold is leaving us. You will undoubtedly leave a great void in the professional but more personal world. Michael Robinson will be greatly missed. Rest in peace, my friend.”
Robinson won the prize for the best news program at Premios Ondas 2009 for his program “Informes Robinson”.