Breaking: Football Legend Diego Maradona Is Dead

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Football Legend Diego Maradona dies at 60
Breaking: Football Legend Diego Maradona Is Dead - Vantage News Nigeria
Football Legend Diego Maradona dies at 60

Diego Maradona, one of the greatest footballers of all time has passed away after suffering a heart attack in Tigre, Argentina.

The 60-year-old, who in 1986 led Argentina to a World Cup triumph, had a history of health problems.

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Maradona

Earlier this month, he underwent successful brain surgery for a blood clot in a specialist private clinic in Buenos Aires.

Breaking: Football Legend Diego Maradona Is Dead - Vantage News Nigeria
Maradona led Argentina to a World Cup victory in 1986 [File: Carlo Fumagalli/AP Photo]
Maradona was captain when Argentina won the 1986 World Cup, scoring the famous ‘Hand of God’ goal against England in the quarter-finals.

In a statement on social media, the Argentine Football Association expressed “its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend”, adding: “You will always be in our hearts.”

Declaring three days of national mourning, Alberto Fernandez, the president of Argentina, said: “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.”

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

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

During the second half of his career, Maradona struggled with cocaine addiction and was banned for 15 months after testing positive for the drug in 1991.

He retired from professional football in 1997, on his 37th birthday, during his second stint at Argentine giants Boca Juniors.

Having briefly managed two sides in Argentina during his playing career, Maradona was appointed head coach of the national team in 2008 and left after the 2010 World Cup, where his side were beaten by Germany in the quarter-finals.

He subsequently managed teams in the United Arab Emirates and Mexico and was in charge of Gimnasia y Esgrima in Argentina’s top flight at the time of his death.

 

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