Diego Maradona, Legendary Argentine Soccer Player, Has Died at 60
Diego Armando Maradona, a retired professional soccer player, regarded as one of the best in the game by many, has died at age 60, according to reports from Argentinian news.
The sports world is mourning the loss of one of the greatest football players of all time: Diego Maradona. The Argentinian, who led his country's selection to the World Cup in 1986, passed away this Wednesday, November 25, after suffering a cardiorespiratory arrest.
According to local news, Maradona was at his home in Tigre, where he had been resting after going through surgery earlier this month to remove a blood clot from the brain. At the time, his doctor told reporters that the controversial star had "tolerated the surgery well" and everything was fine.
Diego Maradona speaks to the media during a press conference at Green Point Arena on July 2, 2010, in Cape Town, South Africa | Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images
Maradona, also known as "The Golden Boy," was as famous for his incredible plays and ability on the field as the lows in his personal life that came from his addiction to drugs, relationships, illegitimate children, and feuds over money.
The midfielder, who played in four World Cups and even tried himself as a TV host in Italy, was named the top player of the 20th century in a poll conducted by FIFA and has been the center of several documentaries and series around the world.
Diego Maradona at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Argentina and Mexico at Soccer City Stadium on June 27, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. | Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
In 2008, he was hired as the head coach of the Argentinian selection, a move that was lauded by many and criticized by others. However, the selection failed to pass the 2010 World Cup quarter-finals, and Maradona's contract was not renewed afterward.
During his professional career, Maradona also played for clubs in Barcelona and Napoli and coached the Al Wasl and the Al Fujairah of the United Arab Emirates Football League.
He's survived by his sons Diego Sinagra—who is also a football player currently developing his career in Italy—Diego Fernando, and his daughters: Giannina, Dalma, and Jana. He's also believed to be the father of three more children whose identities remain unknown.