Diego Maradona, Argentine football legend, dies of cardiac arrest at 60


World soccer great Diego Armando Maradona, who died on Wednesday less than a month after his 60th birthday, was worshipped like a god for his genius with the ball, but his demons nearly destroyed him.

In Argentina, the Government has announced three days of national mourning for its greatest ever football player. He was discharged after a successful surgery, according to his doctor.

Maradona had died after suffering a heart attack at his home in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, those close to him confirmed. You were the greatest of all.

"You took us to the top of the world".

But the match that defined his tournament, and possibly his global career, was that win over England, in which he scored two goals that will be remembered forever - for very different reasons. In Argentina, he was worshipped as "El Dios" - The God - partly a play on words on his number 10 shirt, 'El Diez'.

Maradona scored 116 goals in 167 appearances for Argentinos Juniors and in 1981 was signed by one of Argentina's biggest and most historic clubs - Boca Juniors.

He was 60 years old.

"There is only one Maradona", a group of fans chanted, letting off red flares beneath a giant mural showing the stocky star in his footballing heyday. The goal helped eliminate England from the tournament.

Diego Armando Maradona scoring an iconic goal against England at the 1986 World Cup
Maradona dead at 60

"FC Barcelona expresses its deepest condolences regarding the death of Diego Armando Maradona, a player for our club (1982-84) and an icon of world football", Barcelona said in a statement. He leaves us but does not leave, because Diego is eternal. "Diego deserves our eternal gratitude for that".

Maradona broke into professional soccer with Boca Juniors but went on to play for leading European clubs such as Barcelona and Napoli.

Maradona was treated as a deity for the way he led Napoli to its only two Serie A titles - in 1987 and 1990 - and raised the spirits of the southern Italian city, which remains far removed both geographically and socio-economically from the country's soccer capitals of Milan and Turin. You made us feel incredibly happy.

Taking to Twitter, the Brazilian wrote: "What sad news".

Maradona reaped titles at home and overseas, playing in the early 1980s for Argentinos Juniors and Boca Juniors before moving on to Spanish and Italian clubs.

Maradona became friends with Castro while receiving medical treatment in Cuba and he had tattoos of the Cuban leader and his former comrade Che Guevera. He joined a left-wing protest train outside the Summit of the Americas in 2005, standing alongside Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to denounce the presence of then-President George W. Bush.

However, he was rushed to hospital again today but was pronounced dead.

"Yes, he was also a controversial man", De Magistris said.

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