Argentina legend Diego Maradona dies aged 60


Argentina football legend, Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60.


The former attacking midfielder and manager suffered a heart attack at his Buenos Aires home.


The Argentine Football Association confirmed Maradona's death on Wednesday and posted a short message on its social media platforms.


"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," it tweeted.


He had successful surgery on a brain blood clot earlier in November and was to be treated for alcohol dependency.


Regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the game Maradona was captain when Argentina won the 1986 World Cup, scoring the famous 'Hand of God' goal against England in the quarter-finals.


Maradona played for Barcelona and Napoli during his club career, winning two Serie A titles with the Italian side. He started his career with Argentinos Juniors, also playing for Sevilla, and Boca Juniors and Newell's Old Boys in his homeland.


He scored 34 goals in 91 appearances for Argentina, representing them in four World Cups.


Maradona led his country to the 1990 final in Italy, where they were beaten by West Germany, before captaining them again in the United States in 1994, but was sent home after failing a drugs test for ephedrine.


He retired from professional football in 1997, on his 37th birthday, during his second stint at Argentine giants Boca Juniors.


Having briefly managed two sides in Argentina during his playing career, Maradona was appointed head coach of the national team in 2008 and left after the 2010 World Cup, where his side were beaten by Germany in the quarter-finals.

His glittering career was also marked by numerous controversies and his notorious lifestyle led to alcoholism and addiction.


Fans took to the streets across Argentina and in Naples on Wednesday to pay tribute to their hero.


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


World pays tribute

Brazil legend Pele led tributes to Maradona, writing on Twitter: "What sad news. I lost a great friend and the world lost a legend. There is still much to be said, but for now, may God give strength to family members. One day, I hope we can play ball together in the sky."

UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin said a minute's silence would be observed ahead of all European matches this week in honour of the Argentine.


"He will go down in history as someone who set football alight and thrilled fans young and old with his brilliance and skill," Čeferin said in a statement.


Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo said goodbye to an "eternal genius."


"One of the best ever. An unparalleled magician. He leaves too soon, but leaves a legacy without limits and a void that will never be filled. Rest in peace, ace. You will never be forgotten," Ronaldo wrote on Twitter.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino called Maradona "simply immense" and said "he deserves our eternal gratitude."


"Our silence, our tears, our pain is the only thing we are feeling deep inside us at this time," he said.


Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi paid tribute to Maradona, saying he was "eternal".


"A very sad day for all Argentines and football," said Messi. "He leaves us but does not leave, because Diego is eternal.


"I keep all the beautiful moments lived with him and I send my condolences to all his family and friends."


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