According to media sources, football legend Diego Maradona passed away on Wednesday due to a heart attack. The 60-year-old had previously had a subdural hematoma emergency surgery, which uses blood to accumulate between the membrane and the brain. "We are in mourning," Nicola Lombardo, the club's spokesperson, said. We feel like a knocked out fighter. We are in shock."We feel like a boxer who has been knocked out We are in shock." Among others, he played club soccer for Boca Juniors, Napoli and Barcelona, and was adored by millions for his brilliant talent. Maradona was responsible for the infamous 'Hand of God' that eliminated England from the 1986 tournament. Replays revealed that Maradona fisted the ball into the net rather than headed it a foul overlooked by the referee. The Argentine No. 10 devoted the "hand of God" to the goal.
In this June 29, 1986 file photo, after Argentina's 3-2 win over West Germany in the World Cup final soccer match at Atzeca Stadium in Mexico City, Diego Maradona holds up his team's trophy. "Retired Brazilian soccer star Pele said it was sad to lose friends this way." A picture of Maradona with a heart-breaking emoji was shared by Manchester United striker and England player Marcus Rashford. "Former English professional footballer and current sports broadcaster Gary Lineker said, "Hopefully he can eventually find some comfort in the hands of God after a blessed yet troubled life." Argentina announces that Diego Armando Maradona has died. The best player of my generation, and probably the greatest of all time, by some stretch.
He was vaulted into the hall of soccer fame by Argentina's "golden boy's" scoring prowess and flair in slaloming past rivals, but he struggled to cope with adulation and his struggles with addiction became daily global news. "The best of the bunch, no question," said Zico of Brazil, a titan of the sport in his own right, in 2005. "I saw Maradona doing things that were imaginable for God himself to doubt." Maradona developed heart problems caused by cocaine addiction after retiring, and he endured wild weight and fitness swings that seemed to reflect his do-or-die attitudes towards both soccer and life." "I am black or white," Maradona said in 2009. "I'll never be grey." For the two goals that dumped England out of the 1986 World Cup, Maradona is best remembered. Mexico City's quarterfinal was eagerly awaited, coming just four years after the U.K. Falklands War. Argentina as well. Maradona guaranteed that this was a game that few can forget.
Goal of the Century
While that goal has become one of the most notorious in soccer history, in a 2002 vote conducted by FIFA, the sport's governing body, Maradona's second in the game was voted the best of the 20th century. Maradona dribbled at full speed past four England players after catching a pass inside his own half, shimmied around Shilton and rolled the ball from a close angle into the net just as defender Terry Fenwick slid in to tackle him. The lifelong inclination of Maradona to interweave brilliance with controversy was encapsulated by the targets, scored a mere five minutes apart. The feeling in which the second goal was named by local announcer Victor Hugo Morales is etched into national memory. What world are you from? "He cried. Then as he ran out of air, "God, thank you, for football, for Maradona."
In Olivos, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina (AFP), Diego Armando Maradona displays Argentine football hero Diego Maradona (R) shaking hands with his doctor, Leopoldo Luque. Argentina prevailed 2-1 and after a 3-2 victory over West Germany in the final, Maradona, its captain, went on to lift the World Cup. Maradona led the national team to another final against the Germans four years later, but they lost 1-0 this time. The 1986 title, despite continuing as a breeding ground for virtuoso offensive players, including Lionel Messi, was the last time soccer-mad Argentina celebrated becoming world champions. The nostalgia developed with the legend of Maradona.
Born on October 30, 1960, when he was only eight on the hard-pan fields of Villa Fiorito, a Buenos Aires slum, Diego Armando Maradona's preternatural talent was noticed. Maradona's Sepia video footage as a child juggling a soccer ball attests to the simplicity with which he took up the sport, and by playing with friends into the night, he nurtured his genius. Trainer Francisco Cornejo was the first to spot the talent of Maradona, signing him to the youth team of Argentinos Juniors, which he guided to an undefeated 136-game streak. In 1976, 10 days before turning 16, Maradona made his debut in the country's top flight, and was the leading scorer in the league for three consecutive seasons from 1978. But because he was so young, the Argentine coach at the time, Cesar Luis Menotti, left Maradona on the 1978 World Cup roster. He transferred to the Boca Juniors giants in 1981, helping them win the league championship.