Former Hearts captain Marius Zaliukas dies aged 36

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The Lithuanian captained Hearts to Scottish Cup magnificence in 2012.

Homages have actually been paid to former Hearts, Leeds and Rangers defender Marius Zaliukas, who has passed away at the age of 36.

Zaliukas captained Hearts to Scottish Cup final magnificence against Hibernian in 2012 during a seven-year spell at Tynecastle and later on had much shorter spells at Elland Roadway and Ibrox.

The news was revealed by the Lithuanian Football Federation during Hearts’ Scottish Cup semi-final against Hibs.

The LFF stated in a declaration: “Marius Zaliukas represented the Lithuanian national team from 2006 to 2016 and handled to score onegoal Marius motivated numerous young footballers, and his contribution to Lithuanian football will never ever be forgotten.

“On behalf of the Lithuanian football community, we express our deepest condolences to Marius’ family.”

Everybody at Heart of Midlothian Football Club is ravaged to find out of the death of Scottish Cup winning captain Marius Zaliukas.

A full homage will follow, however for now we send our love to Marius’ family and buddies.

That win was for you, skipper ♥ pic.twitter.com/kH7aHePOSi

— Heart of Midlothian FC (@JamTarts) October 31, 2020

Instantly after beating Hibs 2-1 at Hampden, Hearts devoted their triumph to Zaliukas.

A short declaration on Twitter read: “Everybody at Heart of Midlothian Football Club is ravaged to find out of the death of Scottish Cup winning captain Marius Zaliukas.

” A full homage will follow, however for now we send our love to Marius’ family and buddies.

“That win was for you, skipper.”

The ideas of everybody at #LUFC are with the buddies and family of former defender Marius Žaliūkas who has regretfully died at 36 pic.twitter.com/ph8vmd9NaM

Leeds United (@LUFC) October 31, 2020

The former Kaunas defender joined Hearts in 2006 and made more than 200 appearances for the club, with the peak that 5-1 Hampden triumph over Hibs in 2012.

He made 16 appearances for Leeds in the 2013-14 season and played 30 times for Rangers in the following campaign prior to ending his career with Zalgiris in his homeland in 2016. He won 25 caps for Lithuania.

Leeds wrote on their (*36 *) Twitter account: “The thoughts of everyone at #LUFC are with the friends and family of former defender Marius Zaliukas who has sadly passed away at 36.”

#RangersFC is this evening stunned and distressed to become aware of the death of former player Marius Zaliukas at the age of just 36.

The ideas of the directors, management and players of Rangers are with Marius’ family at this tough and unfortunate timehttps://t.co/AZfWenWpX9 pic.twitter.com/Z3P5l6jCww

— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) October 31, 2020

Rangers stated they were “shocked and saddened” by the news.

A declaration added: “The thoughts of the directors, management and players of Rangers are with Marius’ family at this sad and difficult time.”

Former team- mates joined in with the homages.

RIP Skipper … some things bigger than Football! Gone too soon ❤ #Legend pic.twitter.com/sSEg38Zz69

— Ryan McGowan (@rmcgowan89) October 31, 2020

Ex-Hearts defender Ryan McGowan stated: “RIP Skipper….some things bigger than Football! Gone too soon.”

Another of the 2012 Hampden heroes, Danny Grainger, compose: “Cannot believe the news I’m hearing about big Zal. RIP skipper.”

Rudi Skacel just wrote: “RIP skipper. It was pleasure ZAL.”

All of us keep in mind the incredible images as Marius increased to gather the Scottish Cup.

He remained in a dream that 5 years prior to appeared inconceivable. The delight, the wonder, the twinkling eyes.

However you may remember this one too. This was Marius Zaliukas, a person who was full of enjoyable. pic.twitter.com/kjyT5HC5Ha

— Lawrence Broadie (@lawrencebroadie) October 31, 2020

Former Hearts media officer Lawrence Broadie explained Zaliukas as a “guy who was full of fun”.

“We all remember the amazing images as Marius went up to collect the Scottish Cup,” he wrote.

“He was in a dream that five years before seemed unimaginable. The joy, the awe, the twinkling eyes.”

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