Three days of mourning begin in Argentina as tributes pour in
Argentine football legend, Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack.
Days after celebrating the landmark birthday, the Gimnasia coach had complained of low spirits and fatigue and was subsequently hospitalised at the beginning of November at the La Plata Clinic.
Following series of tests, a blood clot was discovered on his brain, and doctors later revealed that it was successfully operated on.
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Maradona was thereafter discharged from hospital as an outpatient to continue his convalescence, which he did in his home in a private neighbourhood near Tigre, northern Buenos Aires.
However, on Wednesday morning he suffered cardiac arrest, and despite efforts of paramedics at the scene to revive him, the football legend passed away.
The news of his passing was confirmed by the Argentine national team on its official Twitter account on Wednesday, in its tribute to one of the nation’s favourite football stars.
“You will be eternal in every heart of the football world,” the tweet read.
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Maradona began his professional career at the age of 16 with Argentinos Juniors, and he went on to become one of the greatest players in the history of football.
The small-statured left-footed forward went on to represent Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla and Newell’s Old Boys as a player, and later on in his life, he coached the likes of Racing Club, Dorados, Gimnasia and the Argentina national team.
His name became immortalised with the Albiceleste.
Maradona was instrumental in taking Argentina to their second World Cup triumph in 1986, captaining the team that prevailed over West Germany in the final under the stewardship of Carlos Bilardo. Article continues below
He scored five goals over the course of the tournament to finish second behind England‘s Gary Lineker in the top scorer rankings, with the pair meeting in a quarter-final match which has entered the annals as perhaps the most iconic, and certainly most controversial, in the World Cup’s 90-year history.
The Argentina No.10 scored twice to take down England in a 2-1 victory, the first goal scored with his infamous ‘Hand of God’ and the second after dribbling around several opponents in what would soon be dubbed the ‘Goal of the Century’.
Maradona also helped his nation reach a second consecutive World Cup final four years later, only to fall to West Germany.