Argentine Football legend Diego Maradona died of a heart attack, his lawyer said. Maradona, 60, had recently battled health issues and underwent emergency surgery for a subdural hematoma several weeks ago. He was recovering at home in Tigre, located on the outskirts of Buenos Aires
He is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, he played with remarkable speed and agility. His killer moves on the field stunned audiences as he swiftly dribbled past defenders and scored goals with finesse and rigour. He was an unstoppable force.
Maradona led his country to World Cup glory in 1986. He is famously known for his controversial goal which he described as “The Hand of God” — the goal was scored when Maradona punched an aerial ball past England’s goalkeeper and scored a goal.
The unpenalized goal should have been disallowed but referees did catch the goal very clearly because of the lack of technology at the time. In the same match, Maradona scored again. The second goal followed a 60 m dribble past five England players, it was voted “Goal of the Century” by FIFA.com voters in 2002. The game ended with a 2–1 win for the Argentines, thanks to the spectacular goals by Maradona.
Following the 1986 world cup win, Maradona was given the nickname “El Pibe de Oro” (“The Golden Boy”), a name that stuck with him throughout his career.
He retired in 1997 and continued his career in the sport as a football manager. He coached several teams including the Argentina’s national football team in November 2008 and Argentina’s FIFA team in 2010.
Maradona was addicted to cocaine and alcohol from the 1980s to until 2004. He allegedly began using the drug in Barcelona in 1983 and was heavily addicted. He struggled with substance abuse throughout his career. He was also arrested in Buenos Aires in 1992 for possessing half a kilo of cocaine. In 2014 he told Argentina’s Tyc Sports: ‘I gave my opponents a big advantage due to my illness. Do you know the player I could have been if I hadn’t taken drugs?’
Maradona always found a way to grab the headlines even after retiring for his political views and impassionate reactions to matches. He was a pop culture icon.