It is now confirmed that Diego Armando Maradona suffered a cardiac arrest today and has died aged 60.
Argentine newspapers Clarin and Ole claim the World Cup winner suffered a cardiorespiratory arrest on Wednesday morning local time in the town of Tigre.
The Gimnasia coach had been hospitalized at the start of November, days after celebrating the landmark birthday, after complaining of low spirits and fatigue.
He had only turned 60 on October 30th and was released from the hospital a couple of weeks ago following brain surgery.
Widely considered to be perhaps the greatest football player who ever lived, Maradona reached the peak of his career in Serie A with Napoli from 1984-91.
He also played for Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Sevilla, and Newell’s Old Boys before retiring back at Boca in 1997.
His life and career were always overshadowed by addictions and recently his doctor had said he was relying on both medication and alcohol.
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.”
But it is for his playing exploits that Maradona will be best remembered.
Another footer icon Pele went on the Twitter official handle and said the last words to his great friend.
Que notícia triste. Eu perdi um grande amigo e o mundo perdeu uma lenda. Ainda há muito a ser dito, mas por agora, que Deus dê força para os familiares. Um dia, eu espero que possamos jogar bola juntos no céu. pic.twitter.com/6Li76HTikA
— Pelé (@Pele) November 25, 2020
Pele’s tweet translation
What sad news. I lost a great friend and the world lost a legend. There is still much to be said, but for now, may God give strength to family members. One day, I hope we can play ball together in the sky.
Having been named South American Footballer of the Year on five occasions, he was in 2000 named Fifa’s Player of the Century alongside Pele following a combination of an internet poll and nominations from Fifa officials, coaches, and players. Maradona won the popular vote.