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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.


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 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.



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 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.
 Rocio2522/08/2021 00:33:05 GMT
This news is very unfortunate and very sad to know that this historical player died at the age of 60, and he will be one year after his death and we will always remember him because he was one of the best players. peace with everyone with everyone
 dule-vu22/08/2021 01:18:07 GMT
You are real?maradona in august?
 Rocio2524/08/2021 15:05:23 GMT
Sad this news Diego Maradona was one of the best players in the world and his departure has touched many hearts that until today we remember him for his football career, however today we no longer have him here but in our hearts and we will remember him forever
 CALICUL24/08/2021 15:11:13 GMT
he was a huge player, but i don't know why his doctor didn't do his job professionally. Some people do not respect certain celebrities, but sometimes these celebrities are to blame for their bad character. In this case, i don't know who is to blame. Maybe his health or the doctor...
 ligador3724/08/2021 23:05:43 GMT
Posted by dule-vu:
You are real?maradona in august?

They don't even know what to do to get points. Many new topics to comment on, and they write on one that is almost a year old. amazing
Let Maradona rest in peace and please comment on new news, there is no need for this.
By the way, Charlie Watts, drummer of the Rolling Stones, has just passed away. Of the best bands in history
 CALICUL24/08/2021 23:36:47 GMT
Ligador before speaking without knowing, i want to let you know that only one member is guilty of everything that happens. He's the culprit, not me. It's a long story...
 Rocio2529/08/2021 00:56:27 GMT
One of the best players in the world is a historic player but unfortunately he died at the age of 60 years old but there are nice memories of him for his soccer career that to be a soccer legend and for that he made an effort although he is not here but he is in the hearts of all people and especially in the hearts of Argentineans.
 dule-vu29/08/2021 01:04:47 GMT
News is from last year!read our posts,dont just make them for points!
 Rocio2530/08/2021 02:02:11 GMT
A soccer legend is Diego Maradona who made us shake when he played. He gave us a lot of joy remembering beautiful moments that remain of this player FIFA named Maradona as one of the two greatest in the history of the sport along with Pele will remain in our hearts forever.
 dule-vu30/08/2021 02:46:45 GMT
Please stop spaming in this old threads!how many times we need to warn you???
 Rocio2501/09/2021 23:13:54 GMT
Great man good professional in his soccer career admired by all people is an example that if we can achieve our dreams if we dedicate ourselves 100% we will always remember him because he was a simple person with a good heart and was one of the best players we are proud of him although he is not here but we have him in our hearts.
 CALICUL01/09/2021 23:37:30 GMT
he was a legend
 Rocio2505/09/2021 01:16:18 GMT
A great human being we remember the goals he scored on the field he made us cheer every goal he scored it was so beautiful to see him I think many miss him because he was a good man now he is no longer here with us but we will remember him forever in our hearts.
 dule-vu05/09/2021 04:13:54 GMT
Please write in another thread...
 Rocio2513/09/2021 17:07:13 GMT
When a person as a legend in soccer dies we all cry for his departure we will always remember what a wonderful human being he was because he is a great example of people because he achieved many things in his life in the aspect of soccer we will always remember him and we will carry him in our hearts.
 CALICUL13/09/2021 18:11:22 GMT
Too bad he died. I would have liked to see him again like a coach
 Rocio2515/12/2021 14:03:50 GMT
He is one of the most famous footballers and with a good football career, unfortunately he is not here but he is in our memories so we will always remember him for being a very good and very respectful person
 dule-vu15/12/2021 14:10:36 GMT
rocio he is dead for overa year!why to write about this now?
 ligador3716/12/2021 03:32:50 GMT
At least this time it has already been a year since the death. So it wasn't bad to remember. Unbelievable how quickly the whole year has passed.
Yesterday in tribute to Diego Maradona, a friendly was played between Barcelina FC and Boca Juniors of Argentina. The match ended tied and Boca won on penalties.
 dule-vu16/12/2021 05:48:28 GMT
Everything pass fast,especially in todays situation!

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