Diego Maradona, the Argentine who became a national hero as one of soccer's greatest players, performing with roguish cunning and extravagant control while pursuing a personal life riddled with drug and alcohol abuse and health problems, died on Wednesday in Tigre, Argentina, in the province of Buenos Aires. He was 60 years old. The cause was complications from leukemia, according to a statement from his family.
From his early days as a talented youth player in Argentina's second-tier league to his emergence as one of world football's most recognizable stars, Diego Maradona has been variously described as a magician, a punk, a revolutionary and a gangster.
All those descriptions fit: Maradona was a criminal mastermind who managed to turn his delinquent lifestyle into an international sports brand. He broke rules and offended authority figures at every step of his career, but he also proved himself one of the greatest players in World Cup history. The son of impoverished parents who moved to Argentina when he was young, Diego Maradona made his debut for professional club Argentinos Juniors in 1971 at the age of 17. He went on to become one of the world's most beloved athletes, playing for several clubs including Naples' San Paolo and Barcelona. During his time with the latter club, he won two European titles and is considered one of the best players in the history of the game.
His fame and fortune brought him trouble with authorities throughout his career.
Following a heart attack, Argentine star Diego Maradona died on Wednesday at his home outside Buenos Aires. He was 62.
Maradona became one of the most popular players in world football during the 1980s, when he led Argentina to two World Cups.
He is considered one of the greatest players in history and was named by FIFA as the number 10 player of all time.
In April 2010, Maradona was arrested in Argentina on suspicion of tax evasion but was later released without being charged. In November 2011, it was reported that Maradona was suffering from cancer.
His death was confirmed by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner who said "Argentina has lost one of its greatest sons".
The government announced three days of national mourning.
Born in Naples, Italy on 4 April 1960, Diego Maradona started out as a goalkeeper but soon moved up front where he scored his first goal against Nacional at the age of 17.
15th of January, New Delhi (Ians) Following Diego Maradona's death on November 2, 2020, there was a flow of tributes from all over the world and from all walks of life. His death was ascribed to a heart attack, but this was not the only reason why probably the greatest player of all time died at the age of 60.
Diego Maradona passed away on Friday night in India at the age of 60. According to reports, he died due to a heart attack. He had been receiving treatment for lung cancer since April this year.
Maradona has been voted the best football player of all time by numerous sources including FIFA, The Guardian and ESPN. He is also one of the few players who have won the World Cup with two different countries. In 1986, while playing for Argentina, he led his team to victory in Mexico and in 1994 when he was part of Barcelona, Spain, won in Sweden.
He is also the third most successful manager in World Cup history with three victories. Before becoming a professional footballer, Diego Maradona worked as a bricklayer's assistant. He started his career at hometown club Argentinos Juniors, before moving to Italian side Napoli in 1983. It took him several years until he became a regular player for Naples, but once he did, he never looked back.
Diego Maradona, born October 30, 1960 in Lanus, Buenos Aires, Argentina—died November 25, 2020 in Tigre, Buenos Aires, is an Argentine football (soccer) player widely recognized as the best of the 1980s and one of the greatest of all time. Nicknamed The Don, he was a creative forward known for his exceptional skill, stamina, and scoring rate. He played for several clubs in Argentina and Spain, earning over 100 caps and scoring 55 goals.
Maradona started his career at hometown club Racing Club where he made his first-team debut at the age of 17 years and 328 days on May 23, 1978, in a 1–1 draw against Newell's Old Boys. He helped the team win the league title in 1979 and 1980. In 1981, he moved to Napoli where he remained for five seasons. During that period, he won two European titles with the club and also won the Coppa Italia. In 1986, he joined Barcelona where he stayed until 1989 when he returned to Naples to finish his career with Salernitana. His comeback season saw him win the Serie A title as well as the Coppa Italia.
During his playing days, Maradona was regarded as one of the best strikers in world football. He is credited with improving the technical quality of the game during his time on the pitch.
Diego Maradona, a football legend, died on November 25, 2020. The Barcelona and Napoli star died as a result of a massive heart attack, leaving the Argentine classic to put up his boots for ever at the age of 60.
He retired in 1993 at the age of 38 after winning the World Cup with Argentina. His last game had been against the United States in the quarter-finals of the Copa America.
After retiring from playing football, Diego Maradona took over as manager of Argentinos Juniors in 1995. He managed them until 1999, when he moved to Naples to work with the staff of San Paolo. In 2001, he returned to Argentinos Juniors as a technical director until 2005.
In 2007, Diego Maradona was appointed ambassador of the city of Buenos Aires by President Cristina Fernández. He held this position until 2009 when he was appointed ambassador of the country to the United Kingdom.
In 2010, Diego Maradona was charged with tax evasion but was later cleared of all charges. That same year, he was also accused of sexual harassment by former assistant Martha Borzio. She claimed that when she worked for him, he used to make sexually suggestive remarks to her every day. However, no case was made against him.