Maradona argentinian Soccer Legend Dies at 60
Diego Armando Maradona, who moved from the favelas of Buenos Aires to lead the Argentina national team to victory in the 1986 FIFA Men’s World Cup, went through drug addiction and then gained new glory as a coach and died Wednesday at the age of 60. He had a heart attack at his home, according to several media.
Argentina’s 3-2 victory over West Germany made Maradona a national champion.
Although Maradona didn’t score in the game, he got an accurate pass from compatriot Jorge Borucaga who scored in the 86th minute, allowing Argentina to advance forever.
Maradona has suffered a series of recent health issues after undergoing brain surgery and being released from hospital earlier this month, according to ESPN.
The Sports Network also reports that the football legend had previously struggled with drug addiction and alcoholism.
At club level, Maradona played with Barcelona.
Maradona was born in 1960 and led Argentina to glory in the 1986 World Cup final, as well as the 1990 final. At the height of his football career, in Naples from 1984 to 1991, he helped the team win just two Serie A titles. There were also notable lows, such as when he was kicked out of the 1994 World Cup after being found guilty of doping.
Napoli said on Wednesday the death was a “devastating blow” for both city and club. “We are in mourning,” club spokesman Nicolas Lombardo said. “We feel like a boxer out of the office. We’re in shock.”
“Everyone is expecting words from us,” the club wrote on its Twitter account. “But what words might be possible for the pain with the same force that we are going through now? It’s time to cry. Words will be later.”
“It is a very sad day for the world of football,” Paolo Dal Pino, president of Serie A, said in a statement. “Today a legend has passed away for our sport.” Someone who made us dream and sparked fans all over the planet. For the next round of matches, we will remember him with a special initiative. ”
Since his football career ended in 1997, the Napoli, Barcelona and Boca Juniors star has faced a series of health issues. He was hospitalized in January 2019 due to internal stomach bleeding. He also contracted the disease during the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where he was pictured coming out of an executive box during the Argentina-Nigeria game.
In 2004, he was hospitalized with serious heart and respiratory problems linked to a long battle with drug addiction. He had two gastric bypass operations to control his weight and received treatment for alcohol abuse.
Maradona is escaped by his longtime partner, Veronica Ojeda, two daughters and two sons and his ex-wife, Claudia Villavan.
reported by npr