Football legend Diego Maradona has passed away at 60.
Together with Pele, many footballers and sports pundits consider Maradona of the players of the century.
FIFA Player of the Century was a one-off award created by FIFA to decide the greatest football player of the 20th century, announced at the annual FIFA World gala, held in Rome on 11 December 2000. Diego Maradona and Pelé were joint winners of the award. Maradona won the award based on the Internet poll, while Pelé won the award based on votes from FIFA officials, journalists and coaches.
Diego Maradona was one of the finest footballers ever and is remembered for his dazzling dribbles, great goals, and beautiful free kicks.
The legendary midfielder won the 1986 World Cup with Argentina and wore the number 10 shirt for iconic clubs like Barcelona and Napoli.
Diego Maradona courted controversy in his playing days, with the Hand of God among the many cases.
In his international career with Argentina, Maradona earned 91 caps and scored 34 goals. Maradona played in four FIFA World Cups, most significantly the 1986 World Cup in Mexico in which he captained Argentina.
Maradona led Argentina to victory over West Germany in the final and won the Golden Ball as the competition’s best player. In the 1986 World Cup quarter-final, he scored both goals in a 2–1 victory over England national football team that entered football history for two different reasons.
The first goal was an unpenalized handling foul known as the “Hand of God“, while the second goal followed a 60 meter dribble past five England players, voted “Goal of the Century” by FIFA.com voters in 2002.
Maradona is a devout catholic.
As a coach, he had managerial stints with the Argentina National Team and the following clubs:
1994 Textil Mandiyú
1995 Racing Club
2013–2017 Deportivo Riestra (assistant)
2018–2019 Dorados de Sinaloa
2019–2020 Gimnasia de La Plata
Death of Diego Maradona
The talented footballer and extraordinary athlete Diego Armando Maradona died approximately four years to the day after his ally and buddy former Cuban President Fidel Castro passed.
On 2 November 2020, Maradona was admitted to a hospital in La Plata, supposedly for psychological reasons. A representative of the ex-footballer said his condition was not serious. A day later, he underwent emergency brain surgery to treat a subdural hematoma, a blood clot on the brain. He was released on 12 November after successful surgery and was supervised by doctors as an outpatient.
On 25 November 2020, at the age of 60, Maradona died of a heart attack at his home in Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina. In a statement on social media, the Argentine Football Association expressed “its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend”, adding: “You will always be in our hearts.