Football legend and arguably the greatest player to have ever kicked a ball, Diego Maradona has died aged 60.
Maradona died of a heart attack weeks after successfully undergoing surgery to remove clots found in his brain.
A football magician during his playing days, Maradona was famed for the hand of God- a goal scored with his hand against England.
The Napoli and Boca Juniors legend appeared in four World Cups for Argentina, leading the Albiceleste to victory in 1986. He further appeared in the 1990 and 1994 World Cups, in which he was sent home for failing drugs test in the latter.
He also had bouts of cocaine addiction and was wanted by the Italian government over unpaid taxes before his death.
Maradona scored 34 goals in 91 appearances for Argentina and is rated as arguably the most blessed footballer to have ever graced the game.
He coached Argentina between 2008 and 2010 amid other spells in the Middle East.
In a statement on Twitter, the Argentine Football Association expressed “its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend”, adding: “You will always be in our hearts.”
He was in charge of Gimnasia y Esgrima in Argentina’s top flight at the time of his death.
Maradona had good connections with Africa, where he was revered for his greatness and otherworldly skill.
As a global football ambassador, he was in South Africa in 2010 and 2011 where he met locals in the Soweto Township.
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