Football Legend Diego Maradona dies at 60 after suffering cardiac arrest. The Argentine Football Association confirmed the news on Wednesday.
Regarded as one of, if not the greatest footballer in history, Diego Maradona died on Wednesday at the age of 60. He reportedly suffered a cardio-respiratory arrest that would eventually take his life and plunge the footballing world into mourning.
His Lawyer Matias Morla broke the news to CNN before the Argentine Football Association confirmed the same with a short message on their social media platforms.
La Asociación del Fútbol Argentino, a través de su Presidente Claudio Tapia, manifiesta su más profundo dolor por el fallecimiento de nuestra leyenda, Diego Armando Maradona.
Siempre estarás en nuestros corazones 💙 pic.twitter.com/xh6DdfCFed
— AFA (@afa) November 25, 2020
Maradona had undergone a surgery for a blood clot on his brain earlier this month. The surgery was successful. However, just a few weeks later, the Argentine media reported that he had suffered a serious health setback on Wednesday and was being treated at his home north of Buenos Aires. The legendary footballer would eventually succumb to the heart attack,
Football Legend Diego Maradona dies at 60 after suffering cardiac arrest: Twitter reacts to the awful news
Rest in peace Diego Maradona.
Football legend, voice for the voiceless and campaigner for the Left in Latin America. https://t.co/lczVXe3IG9
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) November 25, 2020
“If I die, I want to be born again and I want to be a footballer. And I want to be Diego Armando Maradona again. I am a player who has given joy to people and that is enough for me and I have plenty”. (Diego Maradona) #RIPMaradona 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/lFVGU5u5gS
— Thiago Silva (@tsilva3) November 25, 2020
Diego Maradona: an icon.
Farewell to one of the greats of the game; Diego scored his first international goal and managed his first international game for Argentina against Scotland at @HampdenPark. pic.twitter.com/mI9WYzUAtX
— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) November 25, 2020
Saddened to hear about the passing of Diego Maradona. Undoubtedly one of football’s greatest ever players. RIP. pic.twitter.com/dO7yDBPgxr
— Sir Kenny Dalglish (😷) (@kennethdalglish) November 25, 2020
“No matter what you have done with your life, Diego, it matters what you have done for our lives” 👏
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola describes the impact Diego Maradona has had on world football 🌎 pic.twitter.com/x2OKjZ1msy
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) November 25, 2020
“He had such an incredible passion for the game.”
“I’ve never seen anyone have such a beautiful affection with a football.”
A heartfelt tribute from @GaryLineker to the one and only Diego Maradona…
And a lovely story that sums up his genius ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ztAhYyNFIs
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 25, 2020
The life of Diego Maradona
Diego Maradona is beloved in his native country of Argentina for leading them to World Cup glory in 1986. He also helped Napoli to their first ever Italian League title in 1987. Following his passing, Argentine President Alberto Fernandez called for three days of mourning across the country. He also posted a tribute to Maradona on Twitter.
Nos llevaste a lo más alto del mundo. Nos hiciste inmensamente felices. Fuiste el más grande de todos.
Gracias por haber existido, Diego. Te vamos a extrañar toda la vida. pic.twitter.com/pAf38sRlGC
— Alberto Fernández (@alferdez) November 25, 2020
The UEFA have also announced that Maradona will be honored with a minute’s silence before Wednesday’s Champions League games.
“He will go down in history as someone who set football alight and thrilled fans young and old with his brilliance and skill,” UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin said in a statement.
In 2000, FIFA ran an online Player of the Century poll. Maradona gained 54 percent of the vote, Pele was second with 18 percent, but FIFA declared them joint winners.
Maradona’s life had as many lows as he did the highs. For all of the trophies and honor he won, he battled several demons off the pitch. Cocaine and Alcohol took a toll on him. They plagued him during his playing days and never stopped haunting him until his unfortunate and untimely death.
Maradona’s family has authorized an autopsy to determine the official cause and manner of death, according to a source close to the legend.
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