The 1986 world Cup Champion Diego Maradona of Argentina has died at the age of 61.
The Argentine Football Association confirmed the player’s death on Twitter.
On October 30, he was taken to the hospital for medical examination. It was later revealed that Maradona had undergone brain surgery. The player was released on November 12.
According to the newspaper Perfil, the cause of death could be cardiac arrest. According to its information, Maradona’s blood pressure dropped significantly; at this moment, he was with his family. Paramedics were unable to save the football player.
In connection with Maradona’s death, Argentine President Alberto Fernandez declared a three-day holiday in the country.
Diego Armando Maradona was born on October 30, 1960, in the Buenos Aires suburb of Villa Fiorito. At the age of three, he received a soccer ball as a gift and began to devote all his time to the game. At the age of 10, he joined the Los Cebolitas youth team — the youth section of the Argentinos juniors football club, where he made his debut at less than 16. In 1977, Diego started playing for the national team.
In 1981, Maradona was purchased by the Argentine team Boca juniors for $ 3.6 million. In 1982, after the World Cup, he signed his first foreign contract with Barcelona (Spain). The transfer amount was 1.2 million pesetas ($8 million) — the most expensive in football history at that time. During his time at the club, the player played 73 matches and scored 45 goals. With Barcelona, Maradona won the Spanish Cup and the Spanish League Cup.
In 1984, Maradona made a move to Italian club Napoli. In Italy (1984-1991), he spent the best years of his football career. In 1991, the player was disqualified for 15 months — doping control found traces of cocaine in his blood.
In the last years (1995-1997) of his sports career, the player spent in the Argentine club “Boca juniors,” played 29 matches, scored 7 goals. His last match’s official date is October 25, 1997, when Diego took the field against the River Plate team. On October 30, his 37th birthday, Maradona announced his retirement.
Maradona worked as a sports commentator after finishing his career as a player, acting as an expert in sports programs. From 2008 to 2010, he was the head coach of the Argentine national team.