Marius Zaliukas: Ex-Leeds United and Rangers star dies at age of 36

Marius Zaliukas: Ex-Leeds United and Rangers star dies at age of 36

- Marius Zaliukas, former Hearts, Rangers and Leeds United defender, has died at the age of 36, the Lithuanian Football Federation has confirmed.

- The centre-back played more than 150 games for Hearts between 2007 and 2013, captaining the club to Scottish Cup success in 2012

- Zaliukas also won 25 caps for Lithuania national team

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Legendary Lithuanian footballer Marius Zaliukas has died at the age of 36, just 11 days before his birthday.

This was disclosed by his wife and the Lithuanian Football Federation as reported on The Sun.

Zaliukas' wife posted on social media: "He will rest peacefully in eternal silence.

"The heart of Marius Zaliukas stopped beating today."

The Lithuanian Football Federation also paid tribute to the late defender who according to them, inspired countless young footballers in the country.

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Marius Zaliukas: Ex-Leeds United and Rangers star dies at age of 36
Marius Zaliukas led Hearts to the Scottish Cup title in 2012. Photo by Lynne Cameron
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Leeds and Hearts also posted a tribute on Twitter to the late footballer who represented both clubs at some point in his career.

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Report claims that Zaliukas had been battling an unnamed condition before his death.

Zaliukas played more than 150 games for Hearts between 2007 and 2013, captaining the club to Scottish Cup success in 2012.

He then had short stints at Leeds United and Rangers before returning to Lithuania to finish his career. Zaliukas won 25 caps for Lithuania.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the entire football fraternities in the United Kingdom have been thrown into deep mourning following the death of England 1966 World Cup winner Nobby Stiles who died at the age of 78.

The former Manchester United star was said to have battled against sickness for years before he passed away on Friday, October 30, according to his family.

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According to reports, Nobby Stiles battled against Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia for 18 years and had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012.

He played every minute of England's victorious 1966 FIFA World Cup campaign.

During his active playing time, Nobby Stiles played 311 games for Manchester United and won the League title in 1965 and 1967 and also won the European Cup the following year.

Nobby went on to play for Middlesbrough between 1971-73 and Preston North End from 1973-75 before he hung his football boots.

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