News that Argentine legend Diego Maradona dies aged 60 was quick to travel round the globe after the world was shaken with grief following the death of Maradona.
Former Argentine legend and international Diego Maradona, regarded as one of the greatest footballers in history, has passed away less than a month after turning 60.
In a news statement released by the Argentinian Football association (AFA) tonight, the AFA confirmed the passing away of their football icon after he only just turned 60.
Diego Maradona was just recently discharged from a hospital two weeks ago after undergoing a brain surgery.
The Napoli legend had also recently received a routine surgical operation for a subdural haematoma after his doctor raised concerns over his poor physical condition which turned out he had anaemia and dehydration.
However, it was the Argentine Football Association (AFA) who announced his death on Wednesday.
But it was announced by the AFA on Wednesday that the midfielder had passed away following a series of operations over the past few weeks.
“The Argentine Football Association, through its President Claudio Tapia, expresses its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend, Diego Armando Maradona.” the AFA tweeted.
Argentine Legend Diego Maradona Dies Aged 60
The cause of death has now been accepted to be a heart attack he suffered earlier in the day.
Diego Maradona, the former Argentine captain and inspiration behind Argentina’s World Cup win in 1986, and later became a coach of his country, was hospitalised just days after turning 60.
He appeared very pale when he briefly made an appearance as his Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata team played a match on his birthday last month.
The mesmerizing Maradona won 91 caps for Argentina between 1977 and 1994, scoring 34 goals for his country.
Maradona started his career with Argentinos Juniors before joining Boca Juniors after which he moved to Europe to play for Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla and Newell’s Old Boys before returning to Boca Juniors in 1995.
Maradona enjoyed the best period of his club career in Italy, playing an integral part in Napoli winning the Serie A title in the 1986-87 and 1989-90 seasons.
The Argentine playmaker, Maradona, also won the UEFA Cup with Napoli in 1989 and he won an additional three trophies during his time at Barca – including the Copa del Rey in 1983.
Current Argentina and Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has paid tribute to his idol Maradona, who coached him during his tenure as coach of the Argentine national team.
“Even if I played for a million years, I’d never come close to Maradona. Not that I’d want to anyway. He’s the greatest there’s ever been,” Messi said.
Argentina president Alberto Fernandez has declared a three days national mourning after the news of Maradona’s passing was confirmed.
Brazilian legend and long term friend of Maradona, Pele, has also voiced out his pain after hearing that the Argentine legend Diego Maradona dies aged 60.
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