Diego Maradona Death News: Diego Maradona, a Confident player best known for leading Argentina to the 1986 World Cup title.
Legend Diego Maradona has passed away at his home after suffering a cardiac arrest, a spokesman told news agency AFP.
Diego Maradona Death News: Maradona has died from a heart attack
The flamboyant player, best known for leading Argentina to the 1986 World Cup title, was 60.
Earlier in November, Diego Maradona had undergone a surgery for a brain clot. His personal doctor, neurologist Leopoldo Luque, had said that the problem likely was caused by an accident.
He was, however, released from a Buenos Aires hospital just over a week after undergoing the surgery, and was to continue his recovery in a private home.
Maradona’s lawyer, Matias Morla, had said he will continue to receive treatment for alcohol dependency. He was reportedly staying in a house near his older daughters.
He had celebrated his 60th Birthday on October 30 and had showed up that night for Gimnasia’s national championship match against Patronato, which his team won 3-0.
He left before the end of the first half, which had raised questions about his health.
Before his birthday, Maradona had been isolating at home after coming into contact with a person who showed systems of COVID-19.
Along with Brazil’s Pele, Maradona was known as one of the greatest footballers of all time.
Maradona has continued to cause controversy since his heyday as a player, getting sent home from the 1994 World Cup in the US for doping and later dropping in and out of the game as a coach.
Because of drug use, overeating and alcoholism shorten a stellar career and altered his appearance from the lithe athlete who could slalom effortlessly through teams to a bloated addict who nearly died of cocaine-induced heart failure in 2000.
But he reinvented himself in a stunning comeback in 2008 as coach of the Argentina Football team, persuading managers that with sheer charisma he could inspire the team to victory, despite a lack of coaching experience.
In Argentina, Maradona was worshipped as ‘El Dios’ – The God – partly a play on words on his number 10 shirt, ‘El Diez.’
He was largely responsible for Argentina’s World Cup victory in 1986 in Mexico, scoring two famous goals in one game against England in the quarter-finals.