The world soccer player of the 20th century Diego Maradona, widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, has died at the age of 60.
Maradona’s spokesman, Sebastian Sanchi, said he died on Wednesday of a heart attack, two weeks after being released from a hospital in Buenos Aires following brain surgery.
The Argentine FA confirmed the news in a statement on Twitter which read: “The Argentine Football Association, through its President Claudio Tapia, expresses its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend, Diego Armando Maradona.
Maradona underwent brain surgery at the start of November and his lawyer said he would continue to be treated for alcohol dependency.
The 1986 World Cup winner had an emergency operation for a subdural hematoma, which is an accumulation of blood between a membrane and his brain.
Maradona was initially admitted to another clinic in La Plata with signs of depression, anemia, and dehydration, before being moved to Olivos when the subdural hematoma was discovered.
Dr. Luque said an accident likely caused the subdural hematoma but that Maradona did not recall any falls or mishaps.
Maradona fell ill on October 30 while coaching first-division team Gimnasia y Esgrima. He had left before the end of the first half, raising questions about his health.
The combustible Argentine, who has died at the age of 60, was without a doubt one of the greatest football players in history.
Maradona – a fiery, indomitable personality, a man so drastically different in his world view from Brazil’s beloved Pele – was an unstoppable force on his course to reaching the very top of the game.
But, after winning the World Cup in 1986, his fall from grace was swift, bizarre, and, like the man himself, totally unpredictable.
Maradona was the inspiration and captain for Argentina’s World Cup success in Mexico in 1986, winning the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player.
He scored twice against England in a memorable 2-1 quarter-final win, his first goal being dubbed ‘the hand of God’ and the second winning the ‘Goal of the Century’ award on the FIFA website in 2002.
Following the 1986 triumph, Maradona led his country to the final of the 1990 tournament in Italy, although his international playing career ended in shame when he failed a drugs test at the 1994 World Cup in the United States and he was notorious for a wayward lifestyle throughout his life.
Maradona was also banned from football in 1991 after testing positive for cocaine while playing for Napoli.
However, he remained a revered figure at the Italian club, where he won two Serie A titles. He also played for Barcelona, Sevilla, Boca Juniors, and Newell’s Old Boys.
Diego Maradona was loathed by a nation for the ‘Hand of god’ in Mexico City but adored by the world for his moment of genius just four minutes later.