Argentina soccer legend, Diego Maradona, has died at the age of 60 after suffering from cardiac arrest. It was confirmed by the Argentine Football Association, which was posted on their Twitter account.
The caption is in Spanish but translates to… “The Argentine Football Association, through its President Claudio Tapia, expresses its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend, Diego Armando Maradona. You will always be in our hearts.”
La Asociación del Fútbol Argentino, a través de su Presidente Claudio Tapia, manifiesta su más profundo dolor por el fallecimiento de nuestra leyenda, Diego Armando Maradona.
Siempre estarás en nuestros corazones 💙 pic.twitter.com/xh6DdfCFed
— AFA (@afa) November 25, 2020
Maradona passed away at his house in Buenos Aires. He developed an alcohol and drug addiction which led to a few health issues. Earlier in November, he was transported to the hospital for brain surgery. Doctors had discovered a blood clot on Maradona’s brain which required immediate treatment. He had a successful surgery and doctors expected him to make a full recovery. But no one would’ve expected for his life to take such a drastic turn two weeks after.
Who was Diego Maradona?
Maradona was considered one of the greatest soccer players of all time. He was captain when Argentina won the World Cup in 1986. Maradona took the field and made history with his amazing performance against England where he scored an iconic goal. His iconic goal was later called the “Hand of God.” As he made the goal he put some action to it. Maradona threw his hand over the goalkeeper into the net but never touched anything.
He scored both goals in the quarterfinals against England. The second goal was made after a 66-yard dribble as he passed five players of the opposing team (England). This is one of Maradona’s unforgettable performances.
Maradona later talked about his famous play in his book stating the following: “Now I can say what I couldn’t at that moment, what I defined at that time as ‘The Hand of God’. What a hand of God, it was the hand of Diego!”
Maradona enjoyed his international career for two decades. He played professionally for Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, and Sevilla, among others. Maradona received two Serie A titles with the Italian side. Official SSC Napoli tweeted “Forever. Goodbye Diego.”
Per Sempre 💙
Ciao Diego pic.twitter.com/LzppqlBqLV
— Official SSC Napoli (@sscnapoli) November 25, 2020
Soccer World Pays Tribute to Maradona
Argentine President, Alfredo Fernández, commented on Maradona’s passing: “You took us to the top of the world. You made us immensely happy. You were the greatest of all. Thanks for having existed, Diego. We will miss you for life.”
Nos llevaste a lo más alto del mundo. Nos hiciste inmensamente felices. Fuiste el más grande de todos.
Gracias por haber existido, Diego. Te vamos a extrañar toda la vida. pic.twitter.com/pAf38sRlGC
— Alberto Fernández (@alferdez) November 25, 2020
It has been hard for everyone who knew Maradona, played with him, or even looked up to him. Brazilian soccer player, Pelé, is saddened about the loss of “a dear friend.”
“What sad news. I lost a great friend and the world lost a legend. There is still much to be said, but for now, may God give strength to family members. One day, I hope we can play ball together in the sky,” Pelé tweeted.
Que notícia triste. Eu perdi um grande amigo e o mundo perdeu uma lenda. Ainda há muito a ser dito, mas por agora, que Deus dê força para os familiares. Um dia, eu espero que possamos jogar bola juntos no céu. pic.twitter.com/6Li76HTikA
— Pelé (@Pele) November 25, 2020
Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi paid tribute to Maradona saying he is “eternal.”
“A very sad day for all Argentines and for football. He leaves us but does not leave, because Diego is eternal. I keep all the beautiful moments lived with him and I wanted to take the opportunity to send my condolences to all his family and friends. RIP.” (https://www.instagram.com/p/CIBeukIlowA)
Christian Ronaldo said goodbye to his friend via Twitter. It translates to: Today I say goodbye to a friend and the world says goodbye to an eternal genius. One of the best ever. An unparalleled magician. He leaves too soon, but leaves a legacy without limits and a void that will never be filled. Rest in peace, ace. You will never be forgotten.
Hoje despeço-me de um amigo e o Mundo despede-se de um génio eterno. Um dos melhores de todos os tempos. Um mágico inigualável. Parte demasiado cedo, mas deixa um legado sem limites e um vazio que jamais será preenchido. Descansa em paz, craque. Nunca serás esquecido.🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/WTS21uxmdL
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) November 25, 2020
Neymar posted on Instagram: “RIP LEGEND!” Followed in Portuguese by this: “You will always be in our memories, you left your legacy. FOOTBALL thanks you. Rest in peace legend.”(https://www.instagram.com/p/CIBdIA8A3d_/)
Argentina striker, Sergio Aguero, who was once married to Maradona’s youngest daughter also paid tribute to his ex father in law. “We are never going to forget you. You will always be with us.#GraciasDiego RIP.”
— Sergio Kun Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) November 25, 2020
Former soccer player, Gary Lineker, commented: Deeply saddened to hear that Diego Armando Maradona has died. By some distance the best player of my generation and arguably the greatest of all time. After a blessed but troubled life, hopefully he’ll finally find some comfort in the hands of God. #RipDiego
Koulibaly Kalidou, a professional soccer player who plays for Serie A club Napoli and captains the Senegal national team is thankful for the words Maradona said to him.
I will never forget your words for me.
The words I now have in my head are just two: thank you.
For everything. Forever 💙
— Koulibaly Kalidou (@kkoulibaly26) November 25, 2020
Some soccer managers had a few words to say about Maradona.
"No matter what you have done with your life, Diego, it matters what you have done for our lives" 👏
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola describes the impact Diego Maradona has had on world football 🌎 pic.twitter.com/8D4stNK3HQ
— Sky Sports (@SkySports) November 25, 2020
🇦🇷 "One of the greatest ever. Unbelievable footballer."
💬 Jurgen Klopp on Diego Maradona pic.twitter.com/uQvNJsYDsn
— This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) November 25, 2020
Many people are mourning the death of Mardona even those who looked up to him.
When I was a little kid, Diego Maradona was the person who made me realize that human beings are capable of moments of superhuman genius. I remember re-watching this goal over & over for years, inspired to reach for the stars. Thank you Diego for teaching me to dream big. RIP. pic.twitter.com/p63CSoA09W
— Lex Fridman (@lexfridman) November 25, 2020
OFFICIAL: Napoli's stadium ‘San Paolo’ will be re-named in honor of Diego Maradona. pic.twitter.com/hraSi4jPYd
— Champions League on CBS Sports (@UCLonCBSSports) November 25, 2020
Pope Francis Mourns the Death of Maradona
Pope Francis is from Argentina like Maradona and is paying tribute as best as he can. According to TMZ a Vatican spokesperson says Pope Francis reflected “fondly to the times they met in these years and remembers him in prayer.”
Pope Francis happens to be a lifelong fan of the Buenos Aires San Lorenzo football team. In addition, Pope Francis had been praying for Maradona after knowing his health issues.
Spokesperson included how Pope Francis said “he looks back with affection to the occasions of encounter in recent years and remembers him in his prayers, as he has done in recent days since he learned of his health conditions.”
Rest in Peace Diego Maradona (1960-2020), our hearts are with his family as they grieve the loss of the amazing soccer player.