Legendary Argentinian soccer player Diego Armando Maradona has died at the age of 60. According to multiple reports, Maradona’s death resulted from a heart attack he suffered on Wednesday.
The news was confirmed by the Argentine national team and Argentina President Alberto Fernandez, who announced a mourning period of three days in the country to honor Maradona.
Numerous of Maradona’s peers, friends, acquaintances, and fans went to social media to express their tribute shortly after the news broke. This included Brazil legend Pele, who was considered Maradona’s biggest rival for the “greatest of all-time” title.
Diego Maradona started his professional career in his native Argentina with Argentinos Junior before embarking on stints with some of the world’s biggest clubs, including Boca Juniors, Barcelona, and Napoli.
He was also a member of Argentina’s national team for more than 15 years, leading the country to a FIFA World Cup win in 1986 as a captain.
During his playing career, Maradona was known for his dribbling ability, vision, creativity, and scoring prowess despite not playing the striker position. This, combined with his charismatic personality and leadership skills, helped him cement his place in the history of soccer and get recognized as one of the best to play the game.
Since ending his playing career, Maradona remained included in soccer, working in the front office and as a manager. He coached Argentina’s national team between 2008 and 2010, while his most recent stint was with Gimnasia de La Plata.