World soccer icon Diego Maradona dies of cardiac arrest

2020-Nov-27   06:00

World soccer icon Diego Maradona dies of cardiac arrest
The world is mourning the death of Argentine soccer legend, Diego Maradona. He died on Wednesday at the age of 60, from a heart attack.

- Karabo Mokgalagadi

The world is mourning the death of Argentine soccer legend, Diego Maradona. He died on Wednesday at the age of 60, from a heart attack.

Maradona was widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time the world over. His death comes just two weeks after he was discharged from hospital after undergoing emergency surgery to remove a blood clot on his brain.

"The Argentine Football Association, through its President Claudio Tapia, expresses its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend, Diego Armando Maradona,” said the Argentine Football Association in a statement posted on Twitter .

Three days of mourning have been declared by Argentinian president, Alberto Fernandez. 

Maradona will lie in state for public viewing at Argentina's presidential palace, Casa Rosada, while a state funeral will be organised, according to a statement published by the country's official news agency, Telam.

Meanwhile, Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) president, Aleksander Čeferin, said a minute's silence would be observed ahead of all European matches this week in Maradona’s honour.

He played for Argentinos Juniors from the age of 16, went on to ply his trade at Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla and Newell's Old Boys during his soccer career. Besides showing up and helping his Argentina national team throughout several Soccer World Cup tournaments, Maradona is most famous for his time at Napoli and Barcelona where he won numerous accolades. In his international career with Argentina, he earned 91 caps and scored 34 goals.

At the 1986 World Cup, the jersey No.10 player scored twice to take England down in a 2-1 victory, the first goal scored with his infamous 'Hand of God' and the second after dribbling around several opponents in what would soon be dubbed the 'Goal of the Century'.

Maradona ended his playing career back in Argentina, returning to Boca. He had a brief and controversy-filled spell as Argentine national team coach from 2008 to 2010 before coaching teams in the Middle East and Mexico.

Maradona felt ill at the end of October while coaching first division team Gimnasia de La Plata. He had left before the end of the first half, raising concerns about his health.

The soccer legend’s life was marred by an addiction to cocaine and a generally wild life. Though he’s reported to have been trying his best to kick the addiction in his last years of life, Maradona has had many health scares and near-death experiences throughout his much publicised life. He overdosed on drugs in 2000, survived a heart attack in 2004, underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2005 and was hospitalised for hepatitis in 2007. But the love for the soccer genius remained the world over.

 

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