Maradona passed away on Wednesday aged 60 after suffering a heart attack at his Buenos Aires home.
Argentina have declared three days of national mourning, with the country’s president Alberto Fernandez announcing: "You took us to the top of the world. You made us immensely happy. You were the greatest of them all.
Following the shocking news of Maradona’s death, Messi posted a tribute on his Facebool and Instagram accounts.
"A very sad day for all Argentines and for football,” the six-time Ballon d’Or winner wrote. “He leaves us but does not leave, because Diego is eternal.
"I keep all the beautiful moments lived with him and I send my condolences to all his family and friends. RIP."