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Argentine Soccer Legend Diego Maradona Dies at 60

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Posted on 26 November 2020 by "T".

Diego Maradona has died from a heart attack on November 25, 2020 while at home in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The unfortunate incident comes just two weeks after the soccer legend was discharged from hospital after a successful brain surgery. He was 60 years old.

Less than a month after he turned 60, Diego Maradona has suffered a heart attack at home and did not make it. According to his lawyer Matias Morlahas, it happened just a couple of weeks after he had undergone an emergency brain surgery to treat a subdural hematoma, a type of bleeding usually associated with a traumatic brain injury.

Achievements

To many people, Diego Maradona is best remembered as the boy who rose from poverty of the Buenos Aires slums and became one of the greatest ever in Argentine soccer history, thanks to the Hand of God goal that knocked England out of Mexico 86.

In 2001, FIFA named Maradona one of the two greatest in the sport's history, alongside Pele.

An advanced playmaker who wore the classic number 10 position, Maradona was the first player in football history to set the world record transfer fee, twice. First, when he transferred to Barcelona for a then-world record £5 million. Second, when he transferred to Napoli for another record fee £6.9 million.

In his international career with Argentina, he earned 91 caps and scored 34 goals. Maradona played in four FIFA World Cups, including the 1986 World Cup in Mexico where he captained Argentina and led them to victory over West Germany in the final, and won the Golden Ball as the tournament's best player. In the 1986 World Cup quarter final, he scored both goals in a 2-1 victory over England that entered football history for two reasons. The first goal was an unpenalized handling foul called the "Hand of God", while the second goal followed a 60 m (66 yd) dribble past five England players, voted "Goal of the Century" by FIFA.com voters in 2002.

His soccer career also included turns on the pitch for Barcelona, Sevilla, Boca Juniors and Newell's Old Boys and he was most recently manager of Gimnasia y Esgrima in La Plata, Argentina. 

He also managed the Argentinian national team at the South Africa World Cup in 2010.

A Look into the Soccer Legend's Life

Diego Armando Maradona Franco was born in Lanús, Buenos Aires on October 30, 1960 to a Roman Catholic family. He was the fifth of eight children.

He was very close to his parents and siblings, as proven during a 1990 interview when he revealed stacks of phone bills showing he had spent around US$15,000 a month calling his family.

Though poor, they were very close-knit. When he reached three years old, he received his first football as a gift in which he quickly fell in love with the game of football. In Argentina, the sport plays an important part in its culture.

At the age of 10, Maradona had joined Los Cebollitas - the youth team of Argentinos Juniors, one of the largest clubs in Argentina - leading them to an amazing 136-game undefeated streak.

He was even given the nickname "El Pibe de Oro", which means "The Golden Boy".

Shortly before his 16th birthday, he made his first professional debut for the club's senior team, before going on to play for Bocca Juniors, Barcelona and Napoli, making a total of 491 professional appearances and 91 for the national team.

Despite his highly successful soccer career and1984 marriage to his childhood sweetheart Claudia Villafane, Maradona became addicted to cocaine, which he first started using in Barcelona in 1982.

By the time he was playing for Napoli (in the southern Italian city of Naples), his addiction became so severe that it began to interfere with his prowess in soccer. During his time in Naples, Maradona catapulted to the status of a demi-god in the city after he helped win Napoli its first European competition - the UEFA cup, and two league championships.

He was having a hard time dealing with his fame - unable to go anywhere in the city without being bothered by the media and playing for a club he wanted to leave - all these while he was in the depths of a cocaine addiction. It was in the city that Maradona enlisted the services of a notorious mafia crew named Camorra, who offered him protection.

With the Camorra, he indulged further in his habits of partying, taking hard drugs and he was reportedly having multiple affairs, enjoying the company of women other than his wife.

After police tapped a phone call from a prostitute in January 1991, charges were brought against Maradona for cocaine possession and distribution, and in April the same year a blood test found traces of the drug, leading to a 15-months ban from football.

From Italy, he fled to Argentina, but was arrested there for cocaine possession as well, and he was tearful when he was being led away by police.

In 1994, eight years after his heroic World Cup-winning performances in 1986, Maradona's drug issues were revealed to the world in a manic celebration against Greece during the World Cup group game in the United States. After scoring a goal, the then 33-year-old wheeled away in celebration, shouting maniacally into a pitch-side camera.

Not long after the goal, Maradona was dismissed from international duties and was sent home from the World Cup after he tested positive for five variants of ephedrine - a performance enhancing drug banned by football's governing body.

 In 1998, a year after he retired from professional football, he received 2 years and 10 months of prison sentence after an incident in which he shot an air rifle at reporters. The incident happened in February 1994 - four injuries were reported after Maradona became angry at journalists showing up at his Buenos Aires home.

Maradona was also prone to put on weight quickly, suffering from obesity as he got older. There was a time he weighed 135 kgs (280 lbs) and was obese at the end of his playing career.

As the years went by since his retirement from the sport, he suffered from a plethora of health issues. He almost died of cocaine-induced heart failure in 2000, undergoing years of rehab afterwards. He later said he overcame the drug problem saying cocaine had proven to be his "toughest rival". He underwent a gastric bypass in 2005, was re-admitted to hospital in 2007 and treated for alcohol-induced hepatitis, and also underwent surgery for a hernia in 2019.

In January he had surgery to stop some bleeding in his stomach and in July he had a knee operation.

Unfortunate Passing

On 3pm of Wednesday, November 25, nine ambulances were called to his house in the exclusive gated neighborhood of San Andres located north of Buenos Aires where he was staying after he left the hospital.

Maradona had an early lunch and informed his caretaker he wanted to take a nap as he wasn't feeling well.

According to local reports, one of the nurses who was taking care of him alerted the paramedics after discovering he had suffered a suspected heart attack.

None of the paramedics who rushed to the scene were able to save him.

Cesar Luis Menotti, Argentina's former manager, said, "I'm devastated. I can't believe it. I'm absolutely gutted. There's no more I can say at this moment. I thought at first the news of his death was fake news but obviously it's what happened. It's terrible and a tragic surprise because measures had been taken to make sure he was being looked after."

Nothing suspicious was seen surrounding his death, but as part of a routine investigation, state prosecutors will visit the house where the soccer legend passed away. A team of psychologists will also visit the property.

Honoring Maradona

In recent years, Maradona has actually been plagued by various health issues. Upon hearing news of his death, President Alberto Fernandez issued three days of national mourning to honor their legendary soccer icon.

UEFA also announced that Maradona will be honored by a moment's silence before Wednesday night's Champions League games.

The Argentine Football Association released a statement in social media, expressing their "deepest sorrow for the death of our legend", saying "You will always be in our hearts."

Maradona is survived by five children and his wife Claudia Villafane.

Source:
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-8986821/Diego-Maradona-died-suffering-cardiac-arrest-according-reports.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diego_Maradona

 


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 Rogerio1028/11/2020 15:54:30 GMT
The legend of football and one of the greatest of all time. They realy respect him every where in football world. Even in our country they had 1 minute of silence before every match, and his dead was a big news on tv. Too bad he didn't have too much "luck" outside of fotball. Rest in piece Diego.
Cmon geseco you are from south america don't call it soccer haha Big Smile
 CALICUL28/11/2020 21:23:50 GMT
This is the situation and life goes on for the rest of us. We will each have this moment when die, so we should not be surprised by this thing. Diego Armando Maradona was a great football player, but his excesses made to live less. This is it.
 dule-vu29/11/2020 18:22:41 GMT
today I read news that his lawer will sue doctor and other people,because he think that maradona would be alive if they didnt made mistake!its same person that published names and photos about persons who made photos near dead maradona!so we will read lot news in next day about this!
 CALICUL29/11/2020 22:30:07 GMT
This doctor can be charged with reckless homicide. He is or will be investigated in connection with the case of Diego Armando Maradona. El Pibe de Oro's family and lawyer they made complaints. Police checked house and clinic to this man.
 magatt96630/11/2020 10:36:51 GMT
may the earth be light to you eternal child



 Rogerio1030/11/2020 13:49:04 GMT
Damn what we will not hear in those days. Yeah sure doctor was on a mission to get Diego six feet under. Has nothing to do with his unhealty life style with drug, alcohol abuse and overweight over last years lol. Sure doctors can do mistakes too, but nowhere says they will be 100 percent all the time and i am sure if it was something wrong it was mistake.
 dule-vu30/11/2020 20:41:42 GMT
now we have lot of strange stories and probably we will have lot of them in next months!now everybody will talk when maradona is dead and he cant answer to anybody!today I watch on news how police will look on his doctor,that he will have protection and even doctor had interview with press,where he cried that he made everything by rules and he loved diego!
 CALICUL30/11/2020 22:38:13 GMT
I have no idea what is happening in the case of Diego Armando Maradona, but it maybe true, and that means the doctor is guilty. On the other hand, his family is not well financially, needs money and for that they announced the authorities through that complaint.
 dule-vu01/12/2020 21:22:27 GMT
even rule in italy is that need to pass at least 10 years from death,that something get name by famous person,they will have fast procedure and they will change name of stadium in naples and will have his name!
today we have another story about women football player from spain,that didnt want to stand 1 minute because of maradona and now she have big problems in life and she gets very bad messages from people!
 antonis32101/12/2020 21:57:40 GMT
Maradona died , so sad of this , when I first heard of it I didn't want to believe it , he is an icon , a unique person , he will never be forgotten , for his achievements in and out of the fields , his character , his ways , his life story . Of course the Argentine people will love him for ever , will never forget the great moment they lived with him in the past , he will be one of the two best players in football for ever , imo the best of all .

R.I.P
 CALICUL02/12/2020 00:40:40 GMT
Preliminary autopsy report identified the cause of death as "heart failure. After this announcement a huge scandal broke out. Man who made serious accusations against doctors. Maradona's lawyer said: they should have treated him. Unfortunately, they did not do that and he is dead.
 antonis32104/12/2020 06:56:51 GMT
I saw the people in the streets and the people going to say the last goodbuy in front of his coffeen , very touching emotional reactions , he was idolised in Argentine , still is evrywhere . I do not know about what his doctor says or others , I only know this , once the man is dead nothing mattershow he dies or what we could do to save him , only as long as he lives , everything else is fake , or at the best meaningless unfortunatelly .
 dule-vu04/12/2020 23:26:39 GMT
its just sad how many things happen now,after he is dead and how everybody talk about his life and who is guilty,but he died alone,in some house and nobody cared then,but now when they need to get his money,they talk on all sides!so many children and nobody was with him in last moments!that happen to lot of people in life!
 geseco1205/12/2020 20:11:36 GMT
So early one of the best players in the history of football left, he will always remain in our memories for many generations, he has made us live great moments, now it is no longer left to judge his bad actions, but to thank him for giving everything for football , where we began to love him for him, his plays and dribbles that made many fall in love with football, where he is now so popular, rest in peace fluff.
 dule-vu05/12/2020 23:36:39 GMT
every day I read at least one news about maradona,but ofcourse now its everything about his money,what has he left to childrens,with whome he didnt talk and didnt leave them anything and so on!its sad how now getting bad after he is dead and how people think only how much they will take from it!
 CALICUL06/12/2020 19:38:05 GMT
His life has been written in many online newspapers for several days. Good / bad words, deeds or not, quality coach or not, man with a quarrel, drugs, drink, et ... That's what people say because they sell. One thing is certain. He was a quality footballer.
 geseco1206/12/2020 20:43:57 GMT
This year 2020 was very tragic with what happened in the whole world and now with Diego Armando Maradona, when I found out I was very sad, sometimes I think that life is very short, we must love each other and stop criticizing, it was a great player even though I don't make good decisions, well everyone knows his reasons, but may God take care of him wherever he is, hopefully we will see him again at the second coming of the Lord.
 dule-vu06/12/2020 23:52:41 GMT
every day something new about maradona and his life!today everybody talk about news how much did his spend every month,just to take care about friends,family and other people!this is 10 million dollars to take for 50 people and to pay them,no matter do they work for him or he just give them this money!
just dont know where he could earn this amount every month!
 CALICUL07/12/2020 19:23:28 GMT
What is happening in the world is also fault of humanity, who accepted as new world order to commit all kinds of crimes without being punished. Governments in several countries have sold for money... and Diego Armando Maradona is a sad case.
 antonis32108/12/2020 10:49:21 GMT
Maradona is a kind of man he will never be forgotten , many will remember him for ever , his legacy will pas from genertion to generation , his human side , his weaknesses as a man , his greatness when the duty or the country called , that matters to me more . He is one of the kind , he is , not was , Smile
 CALICUL08/12/2020 19:16:59 GMT
Investigators are investigating if Diego Armando Maradona he had to be discharged from the hospital so fast, after brain surgery. Now it will be very interesting what's next. An interesting thing is when he removed from from his will daughters and ex-wife.
 geseco1213/12/2020 14:17:53 GMT
Almost half a month after his death, I still remember him as if it were yesterday, a great player, where he made us love football and enjoy it, football should be grateful for that, where he played more for football, than for money, That should be followed by many players of this time, where they release more money there they go there is no respect for colors, but above all a great example of overcoming.
 CALICUL13/12/2020 19:50:13 GMT
There were incredible scenes at funeral of Diego Armando Maradona. Millions of people on the streets, serious incidents, etc ... His family demanded that everything be done as soon as possible. They were also strangers, probably because rivalry in football it doesn't matter here anymore and humanity is normal.
 geseco1201/01/2021 02:02:32 GMT
The legend of world football accompanied us for 60 years, I think many of us love football thanks to him, well he left us, but I will always be present in our memories until the end, I will always remember him, he was an example of perseverance, things can be achieved Although he had mistakes, we do not judge him, we are nobody to do it, we will always love him, more Argentines.
 CALICUL01/01/2021 10:08:58 GMT
I heard about Diego Armando Maradona that he was in agony for a long time judging his operation on the head. His family she had to take better care of him then, or hospitalize him again and maybe he wouldn't die. Many mistakes are made by people who cost lives. It's very sad.

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