The world of football is mourning the death of a football legend, Diego Maradona who died on Wednesday at the age of 60. Diego Maradona has been described as the greatest player of all time and hailed as the king who defined world football.
Former Argentina attacking midfielder and manager suffered a heart attack at his Buenos Aires home. He had successful surgery on a brain blood clot earlier in November and was to be treated for alcohol dependency. He had also turned to cocaine.
Maradona was captain when Argentina won the 1986 World Cup, scoring the famous ‘Hand of God’ goal against England in the quarter-finals, and has won global titles during his peak years.
He won the FIFA World Cup for Argentina in 1986, won two Serie A titles, won the UEFA Cup, won the Copa del Rey, and won the Argentine Primera Division.
As an individual, he won the FIFA Player of the Century, World Cup Golden Ball, FIFA Goal of the Century. He holds the record of having scored 259 goals in 491 matches.
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.” In Argentina, Maradona has always remained a legend, and even music made in his name.
Declaring three days of national mourning, Alberto Fernandez, the president of Argentina, said: “You took us to the top of the world. You made us immensely happy. You were the greatest of them all.” Flags in Argentina will be flown at half-mast to honor the legend.
The older generation around the world hold Maradona in high esteem especially for his football moves, as well as scoring magic that many never seemed to comprehend. “He was a legend. His legs were magic. Whenever he had the ball, the goal was counted even before he scores,” says one fan.