Diego Armando Maradona (1960 – 2020)
Diego Armando Maradona has died at the age of sixty, the Argentine football legend has suffered a cardiac arrest, Maradona underwent an operation to remove a blood clot from his brain on the 30th October and was said to be recovering well at his home in Tigre.
The Gimnasia boss fell unwell after his side beat Patronato 3-0 and was taken to hospital in La Plata, near the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires. Scans discovered a subdural hemetoma, requiring Maradona to undergo immediate surgery to remove the problem before being sent home to continue his recovery. Reports in Argentina say Maradona was showing signs of recovery, but the 60-year-old then suffered a cardiac arrest and has passed away.
Maradona is widely considered one of the greatest footballers of all-time after his glittering career in which he won the World Cup in 1986. After rising through the ranks of local club Argentines Juniors, Maradona joined Boca Juniors and emerged as a star before joining Barcelona in 1982. He spent two years at the Nou Camp before heading to Napoli, where he spent the next seven seasons and scored over 100 goals. Maradona left his biggest mark on the international stage, when he led Argentina to victory in the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico.
He later managed Argentina, for whom he scored 34 goals in 91 caps, between 2008 and 2010. Tributes have come pouring in for Maradona, with Gary Lineker referring to the Argentine as “arguably the greatest of all time”. Lineker tweeted: “By some distance the best player of my generation and arguably the greatest of all time. After a blessed but troubled life, hopefully he’ll finally find some comfort in the hands of God.”