Former Republic of Ireland and Liverpool footballer Michael Robinson has died at the age of 61.

The Leicester-born Irish international passed away in Madrid following a long battle with cancer.

He won 24 Ireland caps between 1980 and 1986, scoring four goals.

Michael Robinson with his Irish passport in 1980

Robinson, who represented Liverpool from 1983 to 1984, finished his playing career with Osasuna in La Liga, spending two years at the Pamplona-based club from 1987 to 1989.

After retiring as a player, he established a long broadcasting and commentary career in Spain. 


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He revealed in December 2018 that he had been diagnosed with a malignant melanoma.

"It is with tremendous sadness that we are announcing the death of Michael," said a statement published via his official Twitter account on Tuesday morning.

"He leaves a big void behind but also countless memories, full of the same love that he always showed.

"We will be eternally grateful to you for making this man SO HAPPY, he never walked alone. Thank you."

Tributes have poured in from the FAI, former Liverpool team-mates and across Spanish football, including from FB Barcelona and his former club Osasuna.

During his only full season at Liverpool, Robinson won the European Cup, Division One title and the League Cup. 

His professional career had started with Preston, before Robinson also played for Brighton, Manchester City, QPR and then Osasuna.