Diego Maradona, the great soccer player and former captain of Argentina, has died at the age of 60. Former Argentina attacking midfielder and manager suffered a heart attack at his home in Buenos Aires.
Recently, in November, he went through successful surgery on a brain artery with a clot. He was also treated for alcoholism.
One of the greatest players in football history, Maradona lead the Argentine team as a captain that won the 1986 World Cup. His performance in this World Cup was excellent and he got a lot of fame due to the ‘Hand of God’ goal in the quarter-finals against England.
Tribute to the legend
The great Brazilian player Pele lamented Diego Maradona’s death, saying: “One day, I hope, we will play football together in heaven.”
"One day, I hope, we will play football together in heaven."
Soccer icon Pele has paid a moving tribute to his "great friend" Diego Maradona after the Argentine died at the age of 60 after suffering a cardiac arrest. https://t.co/d6iMFLSKIM
— CNN International (@cnni) November 26, 2020
The Argentine Football Association said in a statement on social media that it was “deeply saddened” by Maradona’s death.
Announcing three days of national mourning, the Argentine president said: “You took us to the top of the world. You made us very happy. You were the greatest of them all. ”
“Thank you, Diego, for living in the world. We will miss you all our lives. ‘
Career of Maradona
Diego Maradona played for Barcelona and Napoli during his football career. He also won two Series A titles with the Italian side.
He has represented Argentina in four World Cups and scored 34 goals in 91 matches. Maradona represented his side at the 1990 World Cup in Italy, where they defeated from Germany in the final. He then captained the team to the 1994 World Cup in the United States but was sent back after failing an ephedrine drug test.
For the second time in his career, Maradona struggled with cocaine addiction and was banned for 15 months in 1991 after testing positive for a drug.
He quit professional football in 1997 on his 37th birthday. At the time, he was with Argentina’s Boca Juniors.
In 2008, Maradona was appointed head coach of Argentina’s national team, but he also resigned after facing a defeat from Germany in the 2010 World Cup quarterfinals.