Friends, former team-mates and admirers from the wider footballing world have all been paying tribute to Ray Wilkins, who has sadly died at the age of 61. Scroll down to read just a few of the tweets posted about the 'nicest man in football'...
The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Manchester United are with the family, friends and colleagues of our former midfielder Ray Wilkins, following his tragic passing. pic.twitter.com/38w2MW86eg— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 4, 2018
RIP Ray Wilkins— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) 4 April 2018
Always so humble & softly spoken whenever I saw him.
Genuine lovely guy.
Watched him live at Loftus road many times for QPR. What a great passer & teacher of the game for any young kids who watched him pic.twitter.com/4wprZwXiuC
Sad and chocked to hear of the passing of Ray Wilkins. A true football person with a totally underestimated contribution to our sport. One of the best I’ve seen. My thought are with his family. Rest in peace #RayWilkins @ManUtd— Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) 4 April 2018
Gutted to hear the news about Ray Wilkins one of the nicest men you could ever meet 💔— David May (@DavidMay04) 4 April 2018
Deeply saddened to hear that Ray Wilkins has passed away. A wonderful footballer and a delightful man. It was a pleasure to have played alongside him with England. No teammate was more helpful and supportive. I’ll be forever grateful. Thoughts are with his family. #RIPRay— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 4 April 2018
I’m devastated to receive this sad news of my former team mate Ray Wilkins a great footballer and well respected by the players rip a very sad day for me only laughing together a few weeks ago https://t.co/I1vE8XpegC— Peter Shilton (@Peter_Shilton) 4 April 2018
With a— Andy Mitten (@AndyMitten) 4 April 2018“handkerchief in his jacket pocket and shoes from Carnaby Street”, MU players were unsure of Ray Wilkins when he joined in '79.“He never scored or made the killer pass,”said Gordon McQueen.“Yet the season he left to go to AC Milan, he was fantastic, our best player”RIP
So sad to hear the news about Ray Wilkins. He lived for and loved football. I was lucky enough to have worked with him and he was always a true gentleman. He will be sorely missed by so many. #RIPRay— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) April 4, 2018
Interviewed Ray Wilkins many times starting in the early 80s. Always a gentleman and interesting to speak to. Spent one very funny evening with him at a #MUFC old boys reunion dinner. Great company. Very sad news.— Stuart Mathieson (@StuMathieson7) April 4, 2018
Devastating news regarding Ray Wilkins. Worked with him on numerous occasions and what an absolute gentleman. Treated everybody exactly the same and as humble as humanly possible. Deepest sympathies to all his friends and family.— Danny Higginbotham (@Higginbotham05) 4 April 2018
Goodbye Ray, you will be missed: tonight we're gonna fight like you taught us!— AC Milan (@acmilan) April 4, 2018
Ciao Ray, ci mancherai: questa sera lotteremo su ogni pallone come avresti fatto tu!
RIP, Ray Wilkins 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/YLokjuXkvD
So sad to hear about the passing of Ray Wilkins, a top guy, a top player and one of football’s nicest gent’s you could wish to meet.— Norman Whiteside (@NormanWhiteside) April 4, 2018
RIP my friend.
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we have learnt that former England midfielder Ray Wilkins has passed away, aged 61.— PFA (@PFA) April 4, 2018
The thoughts and condolences of everyone at the PFA are with his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/pr0JBahJgQ
Such a great loss,just heard he’s just passed away,he was such a gentleman an unbelievable player,1st player to succeed playing in Italy,I remember playing against him,everyone was saying it’s either him or me for ENGLAND and I didn’t even get a touch,he was brilliant RIP ray xx pic.twitter.com/5cF40sJgzH— Paul Gascoigne (@Paul_Gascoigne8) April 4, 2018
We’re devastated to hear the news that Ray Wilkins has passed away at the age of 61.— England (@England) April 4, 2018
Wilkins made 84 appearances for the #ThreeLions, and was assistant manager of our Under-21s between 2004 and 2007.
We will miss you, Ray. pic.twitter.com/kZJWipsvTq