Diego Armando Maradona has passed away at the age of 60, according to reports in Argentina.
The former Barcelona and Napoli star suffered a heart attack at his home in the San Andres neighbourhood in the town of Tigre on Wednesday morning.
This news has come via the Argentinian newspaper Clarin, who state that Maradona had been living in this area since having surgery for a blot clot in his brain.
He only celebrated his 60th birthday on October 30, less than a month ago, and after the operation, which went well, Maradona was discharged from hospital. From the hospital he went home to Tigre to continue his recovery.
Since retiring from football, Maradona has had various health issues.
In, 2000 he attended a rehab facility in Cuba. In 2004, he had a heart issue provoked by a lung infection and ended up in ICU in Buenos Aires. In 2005, he attended a clinic in Colombia for a stomach reduction procedure to bring his weight down in the space of a year. In 2007, he was taken in to a clinic in Buenos Aires due to a physical decompensation provoked by alcohol and his diet and he was diagnosed with toxic acute hepatitis. In 2012, he had to have a kidney stones operation in Dubai. In 2015, he had a gastric bypass adjustment.
Then came his health scares in 2020, which he was sadly unable to recover from.
Maradona helped Argentina to win the 1986 World Cup in arguably the greatest achievement of his career, while he also brought two Serie A titles to Napoli. During his time with Barcelona in Spain, he won the Copa del Rey, Copa de la Liga and Supercopa de Espana in 1983.
The man nicknamed ‘Dios’ was born in Lanus in 1960 and is one of the legends of world football. Maradona’s delicate state of health worsened in the last hours and he left us. Argentina and the whole football planet is mourning one of the greatest to have ever played the sport.