"Greatest footballer of all time" for many, legend of the twentieth century with a romantic life, Diego Armando Maradona passed away this Wednesday, November 25, at the age of 60, announced his spokesperson, confirming the information given by several Argentine media.
Maradona succumbed to cardiac arrest at his home in Tigre, a suburb of Buenos Aires, where he was recovering from surgery for a subdural hematoma in mid-November. After his career (1976-1997), the brilliant striker had experienced many health problems, due in particular to obesity and cocaine addiction. He was close to death in 2004, after a heart attack.
1986 world champion with Argentina, famous for "the hand of God" against England in the quarter-finals, followed a few moments later by the "goal of the century", Diego Maradona also shone in the club under the colors of Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Sevilla, and above all Naples, the club which made its legend in Europe.
"El Pibe de Oro" (the golden kid), as he was nicknamed at home, had left the shantytowns of Buenos Aires to reach the roof of the world. The end was less glorious, between excess of all kinds, bad company, and positive cocaine tests. After his playing career, he started coaching, with much less success. His 2010 World Cup in charge of Argentina was a very mixed experience. Passed by the Emirates and Mexico, since 2019 he was the coach of Gimnasia La Plata, in the Argentine first division.
Upon the announcement of his death, the Argentine government decreed three days of national mourning. " You took us to the top. You made us immensely happy. You were the greatest of all. Thank you for existing, Diego. We will miss you all our lives," tweeted Argentinian President Alberto Fernandez.