Diego Maradona died on Wednesday at the age of sixty, the Argentine Football Association confirms. The football legend has succumbed to cardiac arrest.
Maradona was already in hospital in Olivos, Argentina, earlier this month and underwent surgery for a blood clot in his brain. He was in his home in Tigre, a suburb of Buenos Aires, recovering from that two-hour operation when he went into cardiac arrest and it was fatal.
Maradona, who was active as a player from 1976 to 1997, is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time. He was the star player of the Argentina team that won the world title in 1986.
In a club context Maradona was active for FC Barcelona, Sevilla and Napoli, among others. Especially at the latter club he became a legend by leading the club to the league title in 1987 and 1990. These are still the only two championships of Napoli, which also won the UEFA Cup in 1989 with Maradona as the big star.
The highlight for Maradona’s national team was the quarter-final of the 1986 World Cup against England, in which he scored with an unparalleled solo, a goal that is considered one of the most beautiful hits ever. He also scored that game with a handball, better known by the nickname “the hand of God”.
Maradona also played at the 1982, 1990 and 1994 World Cups. At the latter World Cup he was caught using doping and had to leave the tournament.