Michael Robinson: Former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland striker dies aged 61

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Liverpool has paid tributes to their former striker, Michael Robinson, who died on Tuesday.

Robinson, who announced in December 2018 that he had been diagnosed with a malignant melanoma, started his career at Preston and also played for Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers. Or this eulogy from tennis' Rafael Nadal: "You were the one who always made us happy about sport".

After spending his final playing days in LaLiga Santander, Robinson became a beloved pundit and commentator in Spain.

Robinson's one season at Liverpool, which also earned him a league title medal in 1984, was the peak of a career that included spells at Manchester City and Brighton.

"We're deeply saddened by the passing of former player, Michael Robinson, aged 61".

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Robinson scored three times as the Republic of Ireland narrowly missed out on qualification for the 1982 World Cup, netting against Cyprus, the Netherlands and France.

Spanish giants Barcelona said on the social networking site: "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".

"I am deeply saddened by the news that Michael has passed away and my sympathies go out to his wife Chris and their two children, Liam and Aimee", he said. We are grateful to you.

"Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos wrote: "I was lucky to meet Michael Robinson".

His former worldwide team mate Mark Lawrenson, who also played with Robinson at several clubs, said: "Gutted to hear of the passing of Michael Robinson (AKA The Cat)".

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