Football legend Diego Maradona passes away at age 60.

Football legend Diego Maradona passes away at age 60.

Former Argentina player and manager Diego Maradona has died aged 60, the Argentinian Football Association has announced.

The Argentina legend - regarded by many as the greatest footballer of all time - reportedly suffered a cardio-respiratory arrest and was left in a serious condition.

The Argentina World Cup winner and the national team’s former manager had been in hospital in Buenos Aires after surgery to remove a blood clot on the brain earlier this month.

The AFA said on Twitter: “The Argentine Football Association, through its president Claudio Tapia, expresses its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend, Diego Armando Maradona. You will always be in our hearts.”

Maradona is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time and was the inspiration for Argentina’s World Cup success in Mexico in 1986. He also led the country to the final of the 1990 tournament in Italy and managed them in South Africa in 2010.

Maradona’s most iconic moment was arguably his infamous ‘Hand of God’ moment during Argentina versus England match in the 1986 FIFA World Cup. His second goal in the match is regarded as the “Goal of the Century”. 

In 2001, FIFA named Maradona as one of the two greatest in the sport's history, alongside Pele. 

The legendary forward also led unfashionable Napoli to two Serie A titles in 1987 and 1990.

He was in charge of Gimnasia de La Plata at the time of his untimely and tragic death.


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