Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Diego Maradona dies of heart attack at 60

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Diego Maradona, one of the greatest footballers of all time has died at 60, plunging the sporting world and his native Argentina into mourning.

Renowned along with Pele as one of the finest players ever to grace the field, the Argentine World Cup-winning captain had undergone brain surgery this month and died of a heart attack.

Maradona will forever be remembered for his “Hand of God” goal against England in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final in Mexico City, when he pushed the ball into the net.

Minutes later he swerved through the helpless English defenders for a superb second goal, capping a victory that perfectly encapsulated the mixture of brilliant skill and often outrageous behaviour that ran through his life.

He struggled with addiction to cocaine and alcohol and had been plagued by poor health in recent years.

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez has announced three days of national mourning in the South American country.