Rafael Vinoly dead at 78: Man City pay tribute to world famous architect who designed Etihad training ground

MANCHESTER CITY have paid tribute to famous architect Rafael Vinoly after he passed away aged 78.

Vinoly designed the Etihad Campus, which was opened in 2013 and includes City’s training ground.

AFPDesigner Rafael Vinoly passed away on Thursday[/caption]

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PA:Press AssociationThe complex includes City’s training ground and academy stadium[/caption]

The vast complex covers 80 acres and boasts 16 indoor and outdoor pitches.

City paid tribute to Vinoly after he passed away in a New York hospital on Thursday.

A statement read: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our cherished friend and renowned architect, Rafael Viñoly who designed the Club’s training ground, City Football Academy.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”

Fans have also shown their appreciation for Vinoly’s role in upgrading the club’s facilities, which have helped to attract the best players and manager in the world.

Supporters paid tribute to the Uruguyan, who died of an aneurysm according to his son Roman.

One fan wrote: “What a legacy he left, will always be remembered.”

Another added: “RIP he did an amazingly fantastic job.”

A third said: “What a fantastic thing to leave behind after your gone though. A proper gift, RIP.”

Another commented: “A great talent sadly gone. R.I.P.”