Legendary Argentine professional footballer Diego Maradona, has died at the age of 60.
He reportedly suffered a heart attack.
Maradona had surgery for a blood clot in the brain in November and was scheduled to receive treatment for alcohol dependency.
He was captain of the Argentina team that won the 1986 World Cup.
Maradona is widely regarded as one of the greatest football players of all time, and by many as the greatest ever. He was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the 20th Century award.
Maradona’s vision, passing, ball control and dribbling skills, combined with his small stature (1.65 m or 5 ft 5 in), gave him a low centre of gravity allowing him to manoeuvre better than most other football players; he would often dribble past several opposing players on a run.
In a statement via Twitter, the Argentine Football Association expressed “its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend”, adding: “You will always be in our hearts.”
In his international career with Argentina, he earned 91 caps and scored 34 goals. Maradona played in four FIFA World Cups, including the 1986 World Cup in Mexico where he captained Argentina and led them to victory over West Germany in the final, and won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player.
In the 1986 World Cup quarter final, he scored both goals in a 2–1 victory over England that entered football history for two different reasons. The first goal was an unpenalized handling foul known as the “Hand of God”, while the second goal followed a 60 m (66 yd) dribble past five England players, voted “Goal of the Century” by FIFA.com voters in 2002.
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