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Legendary Football icon Diego Maradona dies at 60 following a heart attack

Wed 25 Nov 2020    
| 2 min read

Diego Armando Maradona suffered a cardiac arrest today and has died aged 60. According to Argentine newspapers Clarin and Ole claim the World Cup winner suffered a cardiorespiratory arrest on Wednesday morning local time in the town of Tigre.

He had only turned 60 on October 30 and was released from the hospital a couple of weeks ago following brain surgery. The Albiceleste superstar was recovering at his home in Tigre after undergoing brain surgery at the start of November.

Widely considered to be perhaps the greatest football player who ever lived, Maradona reached the peak of his career in Serie A with Napoli from 1984-91. He also played for Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Sevilla, and Newell’s Old Boys before retiring back at Boca in 1997.

The President of Argentina announced a three-day national mourning. The AFA said on Twitter: “The Argentine Football Association, through its president Claudio Tapia, expresses its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend, Diego Armando Maradona. You will always be in our hearts.”

Maradona’s success made him a global star and national hero in Argentina, but his career has also been frustrated by controversies inside and outside the field.

In the 1986 quarterfinals he scored against England’s “hand of god”, and when he pushed the ball into the net with his hand, it earned him notoriety-although he subsequently won the “goal of the century”, This is an amazing solo, in the same game.

When he failed the drug test in the 1994 World Cup in the United States, his international career ended in shame, and he was notorious for his wayward lifestyle. In 1991, while playing for Napoli, he tested positive for cocaine and he was banned from playing football.

In his club career, he has the closest relationship with Boca Juniors, Barcelona and Italian clubs, where he won two Serie A titles and wrote himself into the legend of Napoleon.

The offensive midfielder scored 34 goals in 91 games in Argentina, represented them in the four World Cups, and brought them to the glory of Mexico in the 86th century through a series of wonderful performances.

Four years later, he also led La Seleccion to the Italian final, where he was defeated by West Germany. However, the troubles that bothered him after retiring were obvious in the United States in the ’94, where he was sent home to be tested positive for ephedrine.

The addictive struggle will add to the second half of his career and the time he played football, during which time he held various management positions.

He officially retired on his 37th birthday on October 30, 1997, when he played for Boca for the second time. He briefly served as the player-manager of Argentina in both areas. He was appointed as the head coach of the national team in 2008. Two years later, he left after the German team was defeated by Germany in the 2010 World Cup quarter-finals. He managed the team in the United Arab Emirates and Mexico also.