Diego Maradona dead: Argentine football legend dies aged 60

Diego Maradona dead: Argentine football legend dies aged 60


Diego Maradona passed away in Buenos Aires on Wednesday (Bob Thomas Sports Photography via Getty)

Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60 after suffering a cardiac arrest.

The World Cup winner passed away at his home in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Wednesday afternoon.

Earlier this month, Maradona was hospitalised and required surgery after suffering a blood clot on his brain.

After being discharged from hospital, he was taken to a recovery clinic where he was treated for alcohol dependency.

Maradona is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time after guiding Argentina to success at the World Cup in 1986.

The tournament is also famous for Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ goal which helped knock England out at the quarter-final stage.

Diego Maradona led Argentina to victory at the World Cup in 1986 (Sipa/REX)
Diego Maradona’s infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal against England at the 1986 World Cup (Bob Thomas Sports Photography)

In that same game, Maradona was also responsible for scoring one of the greatest goals in World Cup history as he dribbled from his own half through England’s entire defence.

Maradona also won several trophies during his club career with Boca Juniors, Barcelona and Napoli.

During his time at Napoli, he helped the club win their first-ever Serie A title in 1987 before winning the league trophy again in 1990.

But during his time in Italy, Maradona had become addicted to cocaine and was banned for 15 months in 1991 following a positive drugs test.

Diego Maradona required surgery for a blood clot on his brain earlier in November (AFP via Getty)

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