Diego Maradona. Photo: Wikipedia
THE legendary footballer Diego Maradona has passed away.
Reports indicate that the man who has been described as one of the greatest players of all time died of a heart attack.
He was 60 years old.
He had successful surgery on a brain blood clot earlier in November and was to be treated for alcohol dependency, the BBC reported.
Maradona was captain when Argentina won the 1986 World Cup, producing a series of sublime individual performances to lead his team to glory with arguable one of the best every goals in history at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, BBC stated.
On Twitter, the Argentine Football Association stated, “Its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend.”
It added, “You will always be in our hearts.”
Maradona played for Barcelona and Napoli during his club career, winning two Serie A titles with the Italian side.
He scored 34 goals in 91 appearances for Argentina. He played in four World Cups.
He led his country to the 1990 final in Italy, where they were beaten by West Germany, before captaining them again in the United States in 1994, but was sent home after failing a drugs test for ephedrine, the BBC stated.