Diego Maradona dead: Argentine football legend and one of game’s most iconic players passes away aged 60

Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60, according to reports in Argentina.
The Argentine football legend – one of the most colourful and controversial characters in the history of the game – is understood to have suffered a cardiac arrest in his homeland.
Maradona almost single-handedly guided Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986Getty
Maradona had only recently left hospital where he underwent surgery on a blot clot in his brain.
All of Argentina’s leading media outlets announced on Tuesday evening that he had tragically passed away.
A short and tenacious playmaker renowned for his incredible dribbling skills and ability to create something out of nothing for himself and his teammates, Maradona helped win titles at every club he played for in Argentina, Italy and Spain.
He played in four FIFA World Cups, including the 1986 World Cup in Mexico where he captained Argentina and to victory and won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player.
Maradona is one of the most iconic players of all timeGetty
And no match encapsulates both his genius and madness as perfectly as the quarter-final against England.
Maradona showed the world he possessed those traits in both of his goals – arguably two of the most famous goals in football history.
His first came after he punched the ball over the despairing leap of Peter Shilton and into the back of the net.
Later declaring the goal as the ‘Hand of God’, Maradona even had the audacity and arrogance to celebrate goal in front of the same linesman who failed to see the infringement.
His second was a work of art, rightly described as ‘The Goal of the Century’ as he slalomed through the English defence before slotting home.

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