Football today lost it’s greatest son, in the person of Argentina legend, Diego Maradona, has passed away aged 60 as confirmed by Livescores.
Recall that the legendary footballer was discharged from hospital 2 weeks ago following a routine operation for a subdural haematoma after being admitted to hospital due to concerns over anaemia and dehydration.
But it was announced by the Argentine Football Association (AFA) on Wednesday that the former midfielder had passed away.
The association’s statement on their official twitter handle reads;
“The Argentine Football Association, through its President Claudio Tapia, expresses its deepest sorrow for the death of our legend, Diego Armando Maradona.”
Some would place him behind Lionel Messi as Argentina’s greatest ever footballer, and short of Pele in the sport’s pantheon of the mighty; others would say Maradona eclipses them all. It’s a debate that has raged for decades, and one that is not likely to be settled for some time.
But nobody can argue that Maradona – who died on Wednesday at the age of 60 – produced a string of performances to rival anything the World Cup has ever witnessed in Mexico in 1986.
From the group stage to the final with West Germany, via the ‘Goal of the Century’ and a brazen moment of cheating, Maradona was so far above his contemporaries that the sheer idea of anyone else winning the Golden Ball was laughable.
Argentina beat South Korea, drew with Italy and defeated Bulgaria in their group, then saw off Uruguay, England and Belgium in the knockouts before a 3-2 final defeat of West Germany.
As Opta data shows, Maradona was the beating heart of the Albiceleste’s second World Cup triumph.