SAD! Diego Maradona dies aged 60

Argentine football icon Diego Maradona, one of the greatest players of all time has died at the age of 60.

The former Argentina and Napoli football legend suffered a heart attack at his Buenos Aires home.

Diego Maradona, Argentinian footballing legend and one of the greatest ever to play the game, has died at the age of 60 (pictured lifting the World Cup in 1986)
Diego Maradona lifting the World Cup in 1986

He had successful surgery on a brain blood clot earlier in November and was to be treated for alcohol dependency.

Maradona won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986, having knocked England out of the tournament.

Argentinian national soccer team head coach Diego Maradona (C) greets schoolchildren during a visit to Kgotlelelang Primary School in Winterveldt, north of Pretoria, South Africa, 19 January 2010
Maradona (C) greets schoolchildren during a visit to Kgotlelelang Primary School in Winterveldt, north of Pretoria, South Africa, 19 January 2010

He scored the infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal and another against England. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest goals of all time. 

Condolences pouring in

In a statement on social media, the Argentine Football Association expressed, “its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend.”

“You will always be in our hearts.”

Declaring three days of national mourning, Alberto Fernandez, the president of Argentina had this to say.

“You took us to the top of the world. You made us immensely happy. You were the greatest of them all.”

“Thank you for having existed, Diego. We’re going to miss you all our lives,” he noted.

Former US boxing champion Mike Tyson (L) and former Argentinian football player Diego Maradona after arriving to attend the screening of US director Steven Soderbergh's film 'Che' at the 61st Cannes International Film Festival on May 21, 2008 in Cannes
Former US boxing champion Mike Tyson (L) and Diego Maradona

Maradona played for Barcelona and Napoli during his club career, winning two Serie A titles with the Italian side.

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He scored 34 goals in 91 appearances for Argentina, representing them in four World Cups.

Maradona led his country to the 1990 final in Italy, where they were beaten by West Germany.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin talks to Argentinian retired striker Diego Maradona (L-R) ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup final draw at the State Kremlin Palace
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin talks to Diego Maradona

He captained them again in the United States in 1994, but was sent home after failing a drugs test for ephedrine.

Diego Maradona’s drug struggles

Maradona began taking cocaine in the mid-1980s during the height of his playing days, going on to develop an addiction to drugs and alcohol over the next two decades.

His drug use began in 1982 and reportedly grew worse in 1984 when he moved to Napoli and had connections with the Comorra.

In 1991, the year he left the club, he was given a 15-month suspension for drug violations.

Giant Diego Armando Maradona murals, in the Naples neighborhood of San Giovanni a Teduccio, painted by the artist Jorit
Giant Diego Armando Maradona murals, in the Naples neighborhood of San Giovanni a Teduccio

Three years later, he was thrown out of the World Cup in America after failing a drugs test, before retiring from football in 1997.

In 1999 and 2000 he was taken to hospital suffering heart problems, the second time requiring a respirator to breathe.

After four years, he was again treated in hospital for severe heart and respiratory problems linked to his drug abuse. 

Maradona (C) embraces his daughters Dalma Nerea (L) and Gianinna Dinora (R) during a tribute match held in his honour at Boca Juniors Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2001
Maradona (C) embraces his daughters Dalma Nerea (L) and Gianinna Dinora (R) during a tribute match held in his honour at Boca Juniors Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2001

He has undergone two gastric bypass operations to control his weight and received treatment for alcohol abuse.

In January, he had surgery to stem bleeding in his stomach and in July he underwent a knee operation.

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