Former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland striker Michael Robinson has died at the age of 61.
Robinson, who was one of Spain’s most recognizable sports broadcasters, was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2018.
“With tremendous sadness we tell you about Michael’s passing,” said a post from Robinson’s account on Twitter in Spanish.
“It leaves us with a great emptiness, but also countless memories, filled with the same love that you have shown for him.”
The message added: “We will be eternally grateful to you for making this man so happy, he never walked alone. Thank you.”
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has led the tributes to Robinson on social media, writing on Twitter: “Michael Robinson met (Ramos’s mother) Paqui’s son and I was lucky to meet Michael Robinson. My love to your family and friends. D.E.P. You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara also paid homage to Robinson, stating: “Lucidity, sympathy, knowledge, unique gift to communicate … thanks for your footprint.”
“Thanks for how you treated us! DEP, Michael. #UnforgettableRobinson.”
After finishing as a player, Robinson went on to enjoy a successful career as a television presenter after hanging up his boots in 1989.
The former striker began his journey as a professional soccer player at Preston North End, before going on to take in spells at Manchester City, Brighton, Liverpool, Queens Park Rangers and Osasuna.
Robinson helped Liverpool win the league title, European Cup and League Cup during his only season with the Reds in 1983-84.
Robinson won 24 caps for the Republic of Ireland, scoring four goals.
Graeme Souness, who played with Robinson at Liverpool, told Sky Sports: “He was a big pal of mine. So many fond memories of being in his company. If you were going for a night out, Michael would be the first you’d invite. A charming man. Great stories, could tell great stories.
“I’m really sad for Chris and his kids. He’s been fighting this for a number of years now. It’s been difficult for him. When you look at his career, he was a very good footballer, he enjoyed a year at Liverpool, a glory year, and he was a big part of that.”