Football great Diego Maradona died on Wednesday. According to Reuters, his attorney said that Argentine soccer superstar Diego Maradona had died of a heart attack.
Argentina soccer superstar Diego Maradona dies of heart attack, his attorney says pic.twitter.com/xR9n8cN6km
— Reuters (@Reuters) November 25, 2020
Three days of national mourning in Argentina
Maradona was battling health issues and had undergone surgery for a subdural hematoma a few weeks ago. Maradona, one of the greatest players in the world, was the captain when Argentina won the 1986 World Cup.
During his club career he played for Barcelona and Napoli. He was a magician with the ball and is considered by many to be the greatest player of all time. President Alberto Fernandez has declared three days of national mourning on the death of the legendary footballer.
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Famous for Hand of God
He was released from Buenos Aires Hospital after brain surgery two weeks before Maradona’s death. He is best known for the “Hand of God” goal in which his ball was bowled in England’s nets in the 1986 World Cup quarter-finals. Maradona showed the fans his brilliant game in his career spanning two decades.
The jersey number 10 he wore became his identity. Maradona was a master of attack, taking the ball from foot to foot with ease. In 1991, he was caught in the first doping scandal when he accepted the habit of cocaine. He retired in 1997 at the age of 37. He was admitted to the hospital in 2000 when he was close to death. In 2004, he fell ill again. He blamed cocaine for his heart problems. He had told that he had grown out of him and called it his worst enemy.