Former team-mates of Diarmuid Connolly are among the many to have paid tribute to the six-time All-Ireland winner, who has retired from playing football with Dublin aged 33.

There has been widespread recognition that the St Vincent's man, also a two-time All-Star, was one of the most skilful forwards of his generation.

Ex-Dublin team-mate Alan Brogan said on Twitter that Connolly was an "extraordinary talent" and highlighted the day he scored seven points from play in the 2011 All-Ireland quarter-final win over Tyrone as his best performance in blue.

Barry Cahill, a forward team-mate on the championship winning Dublin sides of 2011 and 2013 said Connolly was "the most talented footballer I've seen. Pleasure to play on the same team as him. Congrats on a phenomenal career Dermo."

Eamon Fennell, a colleague on the 2011 side and also latterly at Vincent's, said "I've watched @dermoc123  setting the bar time and time again. His football skills, knowledge of the game, selflessness to bring players into the game, attitude towards winning and so much more.... It was a pleasure to wear the county jersey with you."

"It was a pleasure to go to war with this man over the last 15 years! Thanks for all the magic @dermoc123" said Bernard Brogan, whose Dublin career overlapped with Connolly's, both players having made their championship debuts in 2017.

Numerous social media users posted emojis of crowns or  goat emojis, referring to the acronym for 'Greatest of all time', while some of Connolly's former opponents also hailed his achievements and ability.

"2020 just keeps getting worse!," wrote ex-Donegal star Kevin Cassidy. "On a serious note what a player and what a career."

Tipperary footballer Robbie Kiely suggested the news was encouraging to Dublin's rivals for Sam Maguire, while Bohemians FC goalkeeper Seán Bohan made reference to Connolly's time spent playing in the US in recent years and disciplinary struggles by suggesting he had been "run out of the country."